The display is free and open to the public through May 27 at the Visitor’s Center, daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ken Myers, an employee of the park, owns and provides the display predominantly from the World War I era to modern day battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. Included are stories and photographs of the soldiers who wore them.
“Part of the responsibility the park staff assumes and feels, being a predominant battlefield park, is our job, especially on Memorial Day, to make that day about remembrance, make that day about honoring the sacrifices of soldiers throughout American history and trying to get the information out to the public and keeping it pure,” said Chief Ranger Anthony Winegar, who has been employed at the park for 14 years.
“(The display) is a unique reminder not only for folks interested in military memorabilia and uniforms and the way they have changed over the years but it’s also a personal reminder of the soldiers who wore those uniforms,” Winegar said.
Though the holiday is a time for being outdoors and enjoying a three-day weekend, it is also a time to reflect. “Memorial Day is also purely about the sacrifices over time and our ability to convey that to our visiting public,” Winegar said.
The park visitor center is at 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, in Kennesaw at the intersection of Old Highway 41 and Stilesboro Road.
To learn more visit www.nps.gov/kemo/
index.htm or call (770) 427-4686, ext. 0, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.