Freedom comes at a cost, and our veterans have paid the price for our liberties. During the month of November, the Ethnic Heritage Museum will salute a host of servicemen and women from the Rockford area who proudly served our nation. Each gallery will have a display honoring local veterans from that nationality.
The African-American Gallery will highlight World War II. Also on display will be artifacts honoring African-American servicemen from various wars.
Uniforms and memorabilia from local Italian soldiers who served during the Korean Conflict, Vietnam and Desert Storm will be displayed in the Italian Gallery.
The Irish Gallery display will consist of a list of local Irishmen who served during the Civil War, World Wars I and II. Information about Camp Grant will also be on display.
The Lithuanian Gallery will spotlight the World War II Lithuanian veterans from the Rockford area.
Three generations of Polish servicemen will be highlighted in the Polish Gallery.
Rockfords own police Officer Aurelio Del La Rosa will be on hand in the Hispanic Gallery to answer questions.
The Ethnic Heritage Museum is at 1129 S. Main St. The museum is open every Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is free to all members. For non-members, the cost is $2 and $1 for children younger than 12. Information: 962-7402.