Veterans Museum receives donation

Berkshire Hathway Real Estate has donated $1,000 to the Veterans Museum of the Mid-Ohio Valley in Parkersburg. From left, Linda McLean of Berkshire Hathaway, World War II veteran John McGary, Melary Banziger of Berkshire Hathaway and Rod Joachim of the Veterans Museum. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — The Veterans Museum of the Mid-Ohio Valley has received $1,000 from a local real estate company to support the work of the museum.

Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate places flags throughout the community over July 4 to honor servicemen and veterans and donates 10 cents for every flag to the Veterans Museum of the Mid-Ohio Valley. This year, 10,000 flags were placed and Berkshire Hathaway presented the museum with a check for $1,000 to Rod Joachim, museum director.

“I want to thank Berkshire Hathaway not only for the $1,000 donation to the museum, but also for their dedication to the MOV and its veterans. The flags they have put up over the years shows everyone that veterans and active duty military that they are truly appreciated and will never be forgotten,” Joachim said.

The tradition of placing flags in the community was started over 20 years ago by Berkshire Hathaway broker Terry Connolly, a combat veteran. He served in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot, achieving the rank of captain.

He also serves on the board of directors of the Veterans Museum and is a member of the VFW and American Legion.

Members of local youth groups, church groups, civic organizations and individuals help the real estate company place the flags in Wood, Washington, Ritchie and Morgan counties.

Also helping place flags this year was John McGary, a 90-year-old veteran. McGary entered the Navy at age 16 and served in World War II. He later entered the Army and served during the Korean War. McGary volunteered to place flags on graves of veterans in the community.

“We wish we had the ability to place a flag in the yard of every household in the Mid-Ohio Valley,” said Linda McLean, who coordinates the annual project for Berkshire Hathaway. “My dad served in the infantry in Germany during World War II and also in Korea during that conflict. It makes me proud to honor our veterans in any way we can.”

The Veterans Museum is at 1829 Seventh St.

“I want to invite everyone to stop and see our museum,” said Joachim. “We have started new hours to make it easier to visit.” Hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. A gift shop is in the museum.