To mark the 75th anniversary of the Allied Invasion, the Illinois State Military Museum, will open a D-Day 75th Anniversary exhibit today. The exhibit will run through Dec. 31.
The museum is located at 1301 N. MacArthur Boulevard, north of Camp Lincoln, the headquarters for the Illinois Army National Guard. The museum is open 1 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Most of the items on display in the exhibit come from the personal collection of Illinois Army National Guard Maj. Michael Hart of Springfield, who has been an avid military artifacts collector since the late 1990s.
Included in the display will be the same uniform and equipment soldiers carried throughout the war, along with personal items, such as paper, candy and decks of playing cards. Hart obtained the items from garage sales, online sales, shows and from other people selling parts of their own collection.
Military service runs deep in Hart’s family. Both of his grandfathers served in World War II – one as an Army machine gunner who served on Okinawa and the other who served in the Navy before changing to the Army, retiring as a lieutenant colonel.