Buckley museum honors local vets this holiday

If you’re looking to celebrate local veterans, both past and present, the Foothills Historical Museum in Buckley has you covered.

Frances Honsowetz was a Buckley resident and Edgewood teacher who became a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. army.

Frances Honsowetz was a Buckley resident and Edgewood teacher who became a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. army.

If you’re looking to celebrate local veterans, both past and present, the Foothills Historical Museum in Buckley has you covered.

Through December 15, the museum has set up a special Veterans Day display to honor the local men and women who served in the armed forces.

The display was thought up by docent David Griffin, himself a British expatriate with the Royal Air Force who married a U.S. air force officer.

“The military is very close to my heart,” he said.

While the display will continue for another month, the museum is hosting a special Veterans Day showing on Nov. 11.

Griffin himself will be opening the museum at 10:30 a.m. and give a few words of welcome to visitors before a moment of silence at 11 a.m.

He’ll be available throughout the day as an information source of all things military in the museum.

“He really knows his stuff, I’ll tell you,” Jean Contreras, museum secretary, said of Griffin.

Refreshments and snacks will be available throughout the day, and the open house will end at 4 p.m.

Lt. Arthur Cobel wasn’t a Buckley local, but is the brother of Dr. Charles Rose, co-founder of the Foothills museum. Cobel was shot down over the Italian Alps in 1944 and was captured and held by Germans for 14 months before he was liberated.

Lt. Arthur Cobel wasn’t a Buckley local, but is the brother of Dr. Charles Rose, co-founder of the Foothills museum. Cobel was shot down over the Italian Alps in 1944 and was captured and held by Germans for 14 months before he was liberated.

The museum has a collection of military headgear, from the Afghanistan War, Korean War and World War II.

The museum has a collection of military headgear, from the Afghanistan War, Korean War and World War II.

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