American Military Museum holds Grand Opening in Citadel Mall

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      CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The American Military Museum had just 60 days to relocate back in April when they were asked to move from their Concord Street location.That meant they had to move hundreds of years of authentic military uniforms and memorabilia, but the move was made and they celebrated a grand re-opening over the weekendYou can now find the museum in the Dillards wing of the Citadel Mall.They reopened December first but held off a reopening ceremony until the New Year.{}{} {}Exhibits were set up throughout the mall and veterans from around South Carolina came out and dressed in uniform to show their support. Armed Forces recruiters and other vendors were also available."Where we were before, people had to seek us out. So we only had certain individuals coming there," said Museum Curator Michael Lussier. "Here at the mall, it's just folk who happened to be walking by, see it, and go 'Gee I didn't know this was here, this is great.' So,{} I love comments like that."Museum artifacts date back to the Revolutionary War and offer pieces of history from all branches of the military including authentic original military uniforms, equipment and weapons from every major conflict throughout the history of the United States.

      The museum also has special exhibits featuring an original "Buffalo Soldiers" dress uniform, an original 5-star insignia of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the uniform of a Citadel Army Ranger killed at Omaha Beach on D-Day, German WWI and WWII items and a large display of military miniatures.