G.I. Joe museum re-opens after Hurricane Florence

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G.I. Joe’s Military Living History Museum in Kinston has just reopened after Hurricane Florence temporarily closed its doors.

Several veterans, including Ralph Smith, helped to get the museum back up and running. 

The museum has pieces of history dating back to the Revolutionary War.

“The museum is a history museum,” said Ralph Smith. “We start back with the Revolutionary War and come through today’s war. We try to give a little bit on each one.”

Before Florence hit, the museum had only been in its new location  off Highway 11 for about a month. According to Smith, it took them three months to re-open.

G.I. Joe’s is filled with memorobilia that anyone can learn from but for the veterans, it’s more than just a musuem.

“The museum is not just a museum, its a place that veterans can go an talk the language that they know,” said Mayor Don Hardy of Kinston.

“A lot of veterans we’ve got, they’ve come in and they’ve said that this is the best place for therapy that they’ve ever had because they’re talking to people that know what they’re talking about,” said Smith.

A lot of progress has been made on the museum but Smith says they still have some more work to do to repair the post-Florence damages.

“We got another room back there that we’ve got to finish up, and we’ve got a lot more stuff to go on the walls,” said Smith.

Veterans and citizens alike are encouraged to stop by, say hi, and learn a little something.

“They can go and take a look at this history that we have to see where we came from and where we’re going,” said Mayor Hardy.

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