Our military museum is called "Sallows Military Museum". It is owned and operated by the City of Alliance. It is located at 1104 Niobrara Avenue here in Alliance. Our city website is www.cityofalliance.net . Our local Chamber of Commerce has a picture of the outside on the museum on their website of www.alliancechamber.com.
Alliance, like all communities, are proud of our veterans and the service they provided. In World War II Alliance was the site of the Alliance Army Airbase. Over ten thousand troops trained here for the invasion of France. Stationed here were the 403rd Troop Carrier Group, the 326th Glider Infantry, the 434th Troop carrier group, the 411th Base Squadron, the 845th WAAC Post Headquarters Company and the 507th Parachute Infantry. Most of the members of the 326th Glider Infantry and the 507th Parachute Infantry were lost inthe hedgerows of France between June 5 and June 8, 1944. The runways of that base are now used as our municipal airport.
Alliance is currently working with the State of Nebraska to create the first Nebraska State Veterans Cemetery on a portion of that old airbase. As I write this the funding for that cemetery is contained within the budget bill that Congress is now debating. We hope to have that cemetery open in late 2009. The cemetery and the military museum will complement each other and we hope give due recognition to our veterans. Many items from the old airbase and from many local veterans are contained in our museum.