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[?] >> tom: welcome back to the show raymond hopper from the air and military museum of the ozarks. good to see you again. last week you're talking about the parade. did that go well for you? >> guest: it went well. it was a very good parade. it turned out better than people expected it to. the first time it had been done in willard and so forth. they fudged a little bit. they had it on the 4th, with i was fine, because that was a duty weekend for the guys in the national guard and the army reserve. so they had additional personnel and equipment. which is okay. >> joy: that makes it sweeter. i like that! yeah, so it was a little bit early. you know, why don't we -- >> tom: it's never too early to honor the veterans. >> joy: exactly. that's what i'm getting at. so the community embraced the whole thing. >> guest: they did. they did good. parking was good for everybody. so it turned out good. i'm proud for them. >> tom: they stepped up to the line. >> guest: they stepped up and took over, and that's great. that's what we needed. >> joy: what else is going on? >> guest: our open house. that's a big deal. a lot of people pay to do some of these things. this is free this time. so 11:00 to 4:00, anybody and everybody. we're going to be giving rides on some of the military equipment we have and so forth. we're not giving airplane rides, even though we have three airplanes in the museum, we're not going to get them out and trying to fly them. but we've got jeeps and trucks and what have you. and we'll get some rides in those. and some door prizes. >> tom: the thing is for folks who haven't been to the museum, it's more than a stand there and look at things. it's hands-on for anybody who comes in there. >> guest: it is definitely hands-on. and one of the things we laugh about. i was telling the young lady before me, people will come in. and we had one couple especially from somewhere back east. they've been here twice. but they never come in. they just pull up in front of the place. they didn't like the looks of it. it didn't look right to them. the second time they came back, the man came in. and he got to looking around. and this is what they were telling me, because i wasn't there that day. he said, i didn't know all this was here. and once they took him back in the back and showed him, he said you got airplanes and trucks! and he went back out and got his wife then. and they sang a different tune after they saw all that was there. it definitely does not show well for what we really have. >> joy: it's impressive. >> tom: the front -- you have to go inside. and especially to the back. do you still have the gun ship and everything there for people? >> guest: oh, yeah. >> tom: you can sit inside. >> joy: it's very impressive. so people from all over the country, outside of the country. >> guest: we've had them from all over the world. we keep record from everybody that signs in where they're from and all that type of thing. it's been interesting the folks that we have and the comments they've made and so on. >> joy: oh, no doubt. >> guest: we've been told we have the best military history library, anywhere in southwest missouri. >> joy: oh i'm sure. >> tom: how far back do you reach as far as what you're showing people there? >> guest: in years? >> tom: yeah, how far back do you go? >> guest: civil war. >> tom: so 1860. >> guest: uh-huh. >> tom: it's some kind of display. >> joy: how do you come by these exhibits? do you get calls that people say they have something they want to share? >> that's usually the way it works. people have something that was his granddad's or someone's and we don't know what to do with it. and so on like that. well, bring it on. and we'll display it. we may not display it next week or next month. whenever they donate to the museum, they give up ownership to it. we don't take anything on loan, because if something happened to the item, we'd feel terrible. >> tom: you take care of these things and keep them in pristine condition. you treat them as if they're your own. >> joy: one more time, if someone wants to come to the open house tomorrow. >> guest: tomorrow. >> joy: from what time? >> guest: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. >> joy: 11:00 to 4:00. located >> guest: 2305 east carney from the old zenith plant. >> tom: there you go. easy to find.

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