Day 28, Sunday, August 12, 2018
Sunday morning was my last day in Vincennes. Although I loved the town, I needed to keep moving east! I did want to visit one last place before I headed out; the Indiana Military Museum.
This museum is obviously a labor of love for a military collector. They had thousands of artifacts displayed, packed in a series of display cases and floor space. They had weapons, vehicles, uniforms and other military artifacts. They also had crossover items, including needlepoint and sewing made by the spouse of veterans, military movie memorabilia and an assortment of eclectic items that once belonged to Indiana Veterans.
The highlight of the museum was Sergeant Carey, a Veteran volunteer who showed me around. He served from 1957 to 1963, then rejoined 20 years later and served for another 13 years. He took so much pride in his volunteer assignment, and truly enjoyed pointing out some of his favorite pieces.
The photographs of New York City and the Twin Towers taken by astronauts orbiting the earth on the morning of 9/11 made me emotional. Watching the smoke swirl up into the sky from space was heartbreaking. There was a cargo dump truck that is one of only three known in the world. They even have a glass eye from the late 1800s!
Outside the museum, there are a number of planes, helicopters and tanks on display.
I enjoyed wandering among the exhibits and seeing pieces of military history up close. I could have spent much more time there, but I needed to get back on the road!