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Central Wisconsin military museum closes its doors

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MARSHFIELD (WAOW) -

One day after Veterans Day, a Marshfield museum honoring veterans and displaying military artifacts is being dismantled.

The "Lest We Forget" exhibit is full of history and military detail. Locals say It's well organized and impressive.

"The first time I saw it I was just awed at it," said Mike Feirer, U.S. Air Force veteran.

From the real-life weaponry used during the civil war, to the dozens of artifacts worn by soldiers and marines, the display gives you a real-life look at military history.

"We like interactive displays so that people become more involved in the whole story," said Shirley Mook, the exhibit manager.

Mook says she helped start the impressive military display, and says she does it for one primary reason.

"We're titled 'Lest We Forget' and we don't want people to forget what our service men did to preserve our freedoms," Mook said.

But last month the exhibit got some unexpected news.

"We have to be out of here by the first of the year," said Mook.

Museum leaders say the building's new owner wants to use the space for storage.

They say they didn't know where the exhibit would end up until a surprise meeting Tuesday morning.

"The library board Tuesday morning at a 7:00 meeting voted to give us a limited amount of space," Mook added.

Organizers say there's 700 square feet in the Marshfield Public Library for the exhibit.

"We've become a throw away society, that's our problem, and we don't want them throwing this away," said Feirer.

Organizers say the move to the new home starts Wednesday.

Fundraising has started to build a new library in Marshfield.

Museum leaders say if the new library is built, they plan to make it the permanent home for the "Lest We Forget" exhibit.

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