HJ/EDJune 5, 2006

Cokato museum offers veterans exhibit

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

With a joint effort of the Cokato American Legion Post 209 and the Cokato American Legion Auxiliary, the Cokato Museum has a new exhibit in honor of those who have served in the armed forces, families and community.

“Service and Sacrifice: At Home and Abroad,” gives a sense of what it was like for the people on the home front as well as the service men and women away from home, according to Museum Director, Mike Worcester.

This isn’t the first military exhibit at the Cokato Museum, but this is different than the rest because it not only represents those who have served, but also what it was like for those in Cokato, Worcester explained.

On exhibit through Labor Day will be “artifacts and memorabilia relating to the experiences of those who served along with their families and community,” Worcester explained.

All visitors of the museum who have served are encouraged to register their name, city/state, branch served and location and place a pin on the map.

Featured is a five-star flag that represented a Cokato family with five sons in the war at once.

Edward and Annie Peterson, had the flag in their window in honor of their five sons serving in World War II, George, Clyde, Stanley, Edward and Carlton.

Also on exhibit is a copy of the “Cokato Bugle;” a newsletter from “back home” for the soldiers of World War II.

A flag is featured in the exhibit that originally hung at the Cokato High School in honor of the 191 alumni who were serving in the Armed Forces in 1944.

Wes Robertson of Cokato lent to the museum a model B-29 bomber he had made while recovering from an injury in 1953.

Robertson served in Tripoli, Libya, during the Korean War and worked as a mechanic of B-29 bombers. After making it, he shipped it in a wooden box to his wife back home.

Memorial Day was the museum’s annual open house.

‘That was the perfect time to debut this exhibit,” Worcester said.

The Cokato Museum will be open Tuesdays through Fridays 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, Saturdays 9 a.m to 3 p.m. and Sundays noon to 4 p.m. The museum will be closed Sunday, Sept. 3 and Mondayday, Sept. 4 for Labor Day.

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