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The Veterans Memorial Museum will be Closed Thanksgiving Day and will be open from 10am to 2pm on Black Friday



Mark Your Calendars
Pearl Harbor Survivors & World War II Veterans Dinner


On December 6th, 2015 at 2:00 pm the Veterans Memorial Museum will be hosting our 18th annual World War Two / Pearl Harbor Veterans Remembrance Day. This is one of the highlights of the year here at the Museum as the event is filled with great music, great food, and great veteran guest speakers.
Once again this year we will be having music of the 1940’s Big Band music provided by the Napavine High School Jazz Band. This is an amazing group of young men and women who play the Big Band hits of the 1930’s and 40’s for the dinner entertainment. Dinner is going to be provided by Trina Gardipee of Katrina’s Catering. A fine affair! Much better than was ever served in any chow hall!
This year our guest speaker is US Naval Aviator Harry Hokanson who flew F6F Hellcats and the F4F Wildcat fighters in the Pacific.
We invite all World War Two veterans, their family and friends to attend. We also invite the family members of World War Two veterans who have passed on to attend as well. We can not forget the duty honor and sacrifice of these men and women. The ones still with us and the ones who have gone to their eternal rest.
Dinner tickets will be $25.00 per person. There is limited seating of 130 for this years event. For more information please call the Veterans Memorial Museum at 360-740-8875

"The Miracle Museum"
By Lee T. Grimes

as told to Julie McDonald Zander


This incredible story tells how God inspired what led to the creation of the Veterans Memorial Museum. After a Fourth of July Patriotic Program at the Centralia First Church of God, the founder of the museum was visited by the Holy Spirit and given the message
“No, don’t let them forget; go out and get their stories.”
From that spiritual encounter that night, the Veterans Memorial Museum was born. It has flourished under God’s guidance, providing a place of healing for the hearts of hurting veterans, a place where people care. This book relates the many miracles that have unfolded as the museum grew from an idea to the worldwide recognized memorial it is today. – Lee Grimes
(as taken from the rear cover of the book)

The book has finally arrived! Get your copy today! Learn the detailed stories that made this miracle happen. Over one hundred photos!
Limited Edition Color Hardback is $35.00 each
Soft Cover is $15.00 each

Shipping is $5.60 for one book. Call for postal rates for more than two books.

To order your copy – please stop by the Veterans Memorial Museum or send check, money order or cash to

Veterans Memorial Museum
100 SW Veterans Way
Chehalis WA 98532

Payments by Credit Card over the phone are possible as well

Call today for more details!

Mission of the Museum

Our mission is to honor, and perpetuate the memory of the service men and women who have served in our nation's armed forces down through the history of our country during peacetime or war.

The mission of the museum began over a decade ago with the goal of making sure that our veterans "Shall Not Be Forgotten".

The museum began with humble beginnings in 1997 at a storefront and in 2005 we opened our new facility visible from Interstate 5 just off of exit 77.

The museum features a 9,000 square feet main gallery with 85 display cases and hundreds of displays honoring our veterans. The museum features a military history reference library with thousands of volumes. There is also a gift shop and a "USO" where you can come and enjoy a cup of coffee and some conversations with our local veterans. For special occasions the museum also has a modern 3,000 square foot Events Center.

Information on operating hours, admission fees and other features of the museum.

- Upcoming Events For 2015 -

Memorial Day at Claquato Cemetery May 25th

Desert War Era Veterans Day June 27th

4th of July Parade in Centralia WA

Civil War Battle July 25th - 26th

Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Day August 1


They Shall Not Be Forgotten...