The Mountaineer Military Museum started the latest phase of its renovations with a simple question: "'WOOD' you like to help?"
Only a few weeks ago, the addition to the Weston museum was bare bones, unpainted, and awaiting materials for construction. But thanks to a donation campaign, the museum now has almost half of the material it needs to make its plans a reality, thanks in part to a local business.
"We got very fortunate, so good friends of ours, Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home gave us a donation, and we went right out and bought wood, and that way we were able to get started right away," said museum owner Ron McVaney.
The funeral home said it tries to reach out into the community, especially when supporting causes like the museum, which honors those who gave of their lives to protect ours. But the museum takes that recognition a step further.
"It gives the vets a place to take their memorabilia, a piece of history and display that on so everybody else can see and share that memory," said the funeral home's Anthony Paletti.
While there's still plenty of work to do, McVaney is glad with the progress that's been made while working with volunteers. He was surprised by how quickly he was able to get started, but said the community has always had his back, and this time it was no different.
"This is a very patriotic county, just like most of West Virginia, so no I have no fear, any time I need anything, I have a lot of friends here, and they come forth," said McVaney.
There's still plenty of wood and work needed at the museum, so if you'd like to help out, you can contact the museum at 304-472-3943, or visit www.mountaineermilitarymuseum.com/index.html.