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Photos, information of Bloomfield area veterans being sought for display

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By Kacie Goode

A Bloomfield native is working to create a pictorial “Veterans Wall” at the American Legion Post 288 in Bloomfield, but needs help from the public.

Marylou Muir Crume, who now lives in Bardstown, is working to collect photos of veterans who from the Bloomfield, Fairfield and Chaplin areas to display at the post.

“I always knew this was something I felt I must do to honor our veterans,” Crume said in an email.

Her father, Nat J. “Sonny” Muir, was a WWII veteran, and many other family members proudly served, she said.

The late Nat Muir had formerly served as Commander for Post 288 in Bloomfield.

“He put his heart and soul into the Legion for many years,” she said, adding that she and her siblings would frequently visit the post with him and would help him place flags on veterans’ graves for Memorial Day each year.

“I would tire out long before Susan,” Crume said. “She remembers he would not leave the cemetery until he located that last grave.”

For years, Crume has done her part to preserve and promote the history of Bloomfield, with the wall being one of her latest projects.

Once collected, the photos will also be the theme of this year’s “An Afternoon with the Past,” a summer event Crume has hosted in Bloomfield for the past few years. That event will take place noon May 13 at Bloomfield Baptist Church Life Center.

The Veterans Wall will feature framed 8x10 photos veterans who served in any conflict, though they must be a current or past resident of the specified areas. Name, rank, branch and conflict should be included with the photos, as well as any special information, such as a story, if the submitter has one. The stories will be displayed on the back of the photos.

Photos and information can be emailed to myrtmuir57@yahoo.com or by mail to Marylou Crume, PO Box 743, Bardstown, Ky. 40004. Mailed photos will be copied and returned.

Crume said she would like to receive photos by the end of April, but they will also continue to be collected in the future as well.

Donations to help with creating the wall are also accepted.