Man donates $100,000 to Alabama Veterans Museum

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ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) - The Alabama Veterans Museum means a lot to Vicki Bedingfield. In addition to two decades of service to the museum, she said it also helped soften her father, a World War II veteran to share his story.

"I never heard any of the stories of his time in the army until I became affiliated to the museum," Bedingfield said.

Bedingfield's dad not only meant the world to her, but he was an influential part of her Uncle Wayne Gey's life. For that, her Uncle Gey wanted to give back to the museum that meant so much to their veteran.

"Daddy loved this museum," Bedingfield said.

So, her uncle decided to match the money the museum raised from September 6, 2015, the day Bedingfield's dad died, until December 31, 2015, up to $100,000. During Saturday morning's Coffee Call, Bedingfield unveiled this check.

"I'd like to present this check, in honor of my dad, from Uncle Wayne, for $100,000," Bedingfield said as she unveiled the check.

This money, plus the $86,000 the museum raised in that time, helps create a foundation for the museum's future.

"We're trying to raise a million dollars because as you can see, we're packed to the gills," MSGT. (ret.) Sandra Thompson, Alabama Veterans Museum Director, said. "I mean it's a wonderful problem to have but we are just running out of room."

When a building welcomes both the memorabilia of the past, and the men and women who wore it, museum leaders work towards paying the price to honor their priceless service.

"It's important that we preserve military history here in Limestone County," Alabama Veterans Museum Board of Directors President SSG. (ret.) Jerry Crabtree said. "We have a rich history of military background."

For more information about the Alabama Veterans Museum, visit their website, .