Money woes threaten to close Seattle Veterans Museum

SEATTLE -- For some, Veterans Day weekend is a time to honor. For others, it's a time to mourn.

And for one Seattleite, this weekend may be the saddest.

One day each year is set aside to honor those who served, at places like Tahoma National Cemetery. The president lays a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery.

Todd Crooks says it is not enough.
"It doesn't matter where your city is. It doesn't matter where the closest military base is. You are enjoying the freedoms that our veterans sacrificed for. You owe your freedom to those people," said Crooks.

Crooks says there should be more than names etched in cold marble.

"Each one of those names out there is a story that is bigger than that wall," Crooks said.

That's why 10 years ago, behind the wall, he created the of Seattle Veterans Museum. But it may have to close next week.

"We're out money," said Crooks.

What will Seattle lose? What the museum holds is not just mannequins, not just bayonets and ammunition and uniforms. It's not just pictures of those who died; it's history.

"When you come in here, you can see the faces, you can see the uniforms," said Crooks.

You can see all this on Veterans' Day, maybe for the last time.

Crooks doesn't want to think about it. Next Tuesday, he may have to move it all to his garage.

"I can't," he said. "I can't even talk about that. It's going to be tough. But it could happen, yes, sir.

Crooks says it costs about $10,000 a year to keep the nonprofit museum going. He has been looking for help and so far, has found none.


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