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DERIDDER, LA (KPLC) -

Recently deceased local historian Velmer Smith will be honored at a public ceremony from 4-6 p.m. on June 5 at the DeRidder War Memorial Civic Center. 

The exhibit "A Tribute to Velmer Smith" will be unveiled and will remain on display for the months of June and July.

Refreshments will be served.

"The event is to highlight the WWII memorabilia and weapons Mrs. Velmer Smith, of DeRidder, La., contributed to the WMCC. This remarkable woman, noted by her community involvement and historical knowledge, has left an indelible mark on our facility and our town," said John Rabb, Assistant Director at the WMCC.

In October 2012, KPLC's John Bridges interviewed Smith for the Hometown Patriot series. During the interview, she said the following about her "War Room" collection: "Each item has a story to tell. I could have sold the items on eBay and made a fabulous sum of money, but I did not want to break the collection up. I've spent years putting it together. I wanted the collection to stay in DeRidder."

"I'm hoping this will benefit in future history lessons and maybe motivate younger people to investigate or study more about the impact of war," Smith said.

The WMCC is located at 250 West 7th St. Open hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information, call 337-463-7212.

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