The motto of the Simpkins Military History Museum is not to glorify war but to honor the warriors.
We try to honor the men and women that served in the Revolutionary War whether they served in the colonial army or they were militiamen or if they served for King George in the British army; they are honored here.
We honor the men that served in the War Between the States or also known as the Civil War fighting for the countries whether North or South, Union or Confederate they are honored here at the museum. Because of their service during the war, they formed Veterans organizations, both Union and Confederate, and for many years met at former battlefields for reunions as Americans.
We honor the men who served in the Spanish-American War whether American, Cuban, or Spanish. If they wore the uniform of their country they are honored here.
We honor the men and women who served in the First World War whether they were serving in the military for France, Germany, England, the United States or the other major European countries. It makes no difference; they wore the uniform, they served their country. Many, in their new uniforms, marched off to war in the trenches of Europe.
The Second World War, this is probably the most difficult because we honor friend and foe alike on an equal basis. We honor the Japanese soldier, the German soldier, the Italian soldier, the British, the French, the Russians, and the American soldiers. We also honor the women veterans that served in the military.
We honor the men and women who served in the Korean War, the Viet Nam War, the Cold War, Desert Storm, and we honor the Iraqi soldier who wore the uniform and served in the Iraqi military.
The museum is not politically correct; it’s just historically accurate.
A soldier, he could be a Marine, an Airman, in the Navy, the Coast Guard, or the Army. I refer to them just as soldier. It makes no difference what country, friend or foe, they are represented here. When they are hungry, thirsty, hot, cold, missing home, or missing a loved one, they all feel the pain and the suffering of battle. Whether a soldier, Prisoner of War, or missing in Action they are soldiers and here at the museum I want the people to view these individuals as soldiers serving their countries.
When a soldier dies on the field of battle, somewhere there may be a husband or a wife and children who have lost their loved one. There are also grieving mothers, fathers, grandparents, brothers and sisters.
We must remember and honor the warriors that paid the supreme sacrifice for their countries; friend or foe, allies or enemies. They served their countries and they must be remembered. As their dog tags hang from heaven, let us not forget.