Thorp Mill

The Thorp Mill will host the Washington Remembers WWII: Their Sacrifice. Our Freedom exhibit from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday.

Kittitas County residents will have a chance to hear and learn first-hand about the rigors of a world at war through a personal perspective of history from those who helped liberate the concentration camps or liberate countries under siege.

The Thorp Mill Museum is hosting an opening party for the traveling exhibit “Washington Remembers WWII: Their Sacrifice. Our Freedom” exhibit, which is on loan from Legacy Washington and the Secretary of State Office, according to a news release.

The event is from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday.

“It is a pretty special exhibit that gives first-hand accounts of the World War II veterans both home and abroad,” said Thorp Mill manager Liz Seelye. “There will also be tours of the mill and scavenger hunts for kids and adults.”

One of the stories is of Capt. Joseph F. Moser, U.S. Army Air Forces, who was shot down over north-central France in 1944, and held as a POW at Buchenwald concentration camp.

“I’ve had a wonderful life. … I would go through it again to keep our freedom, really. … I know I’d be angry for what I had to go through, but it made life worth living,” the resident of Whatcom County said.

This is just one of the emotion-packed stories documenting the personal experiences of men and women who fought for freedom on the battlefield and on the home-front in the exhibit Washington Remembers WWII: Their Sacrifice. Our Freedom.

“The profiles allow World War II veterans a chance to share stories that haven’t been told,” said Secretary of State Kim Wyman. “The time to hear their stories is now. Every three minutes in this country, we lose a World War II veteran. These heroes offer first-hand accounts of the war, a personal perspective to history, that we can’t afford to lose.”

In addition to the legacy stories, the exhibit will highlight a variety of WWII artifacts, documents, and historic photographs.

Light hors d’ourves and beverages will be provided by the Thorp Mill Museum. The event is free for veterans. The event package $12, which includes a ticket for a glass of wine and a $5 off coupon for a one-year membership to Thorp Mill.

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