DIXON – Dixon Veterans Memorial Park is one step closer to fulfilling a long-standing goal of establishing a museum.
In August 2019, the Dixon City Council approved the purchase of Ron’s Automotive next to the park at 1217 Palmyra St. for $165,000 from owners Ron and Ruth Dewey, using funds the park commission raised over the many years.
The facility will house a museum featuring military equipment, uniforms and artifacts, and there will also be space for an office and workshop/meeting space.
Environmental tests were carried out and found to be clean, and designs were drawn up for the building.
However, the COVID-19 pandemic suspended work.
“The pandemic has really slowed us down, really bent our knees,” said commissioner Al Wikoff.
In the meantime, the park commission has been granted 501 C3 charitable status.
The hoists were recently removed from the building and the commission obtained a utility shed to help with storage, he said.
They will be required to carry out work on the floors, walls, HVAC and lighting as well as improvements to the exterior of the building.
“We have a lot of work to do, but we’re going to do it,” Wikoff said.
A sign names the park and the museum, and Wikoff said they were eager to put up a flag pole which was donated by the Shamrock Pub.
They also have work to do to renovate the park’s entrance and exit gazebo, which reads “Let’s not forget.”
With 501 C3 status, the commission is also eager to work with other museums and organizations, for example with the trade in artifacts or the temporary display of special objects.
“It’s exciting to talk about all the possibilities,” Wikoff said.
The park is dedicated to all veterans of military service and is a place where future generations can visit and learn about the sacrifice made by millions of veterans over the years.
Visit honorourvets.org for more information, to purchase an heirloom stone, or to donate to the park.