Tank museum helping people better understand soldiers' experiences

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DANVILLE (WSLS10) - People in Southside are paying tribute to veterans by trying to get a better understanding about what they may have experienced.

The American Armored Forces Tank Museum in Danville was open all day Monday to allow people to explore the displays.

The museum is more than 30,000 square feet and contains everything from an authentic World War I tank to authentic machine guns and military uniforms.

"We like to educate people. So, people walking through we try to tell them what some of the people that were in these vehicles had to do with them," Museum Director Daniel Gasser explained.

Air Force veteran Don Tate says seeing the tanks gives him a much greater appreciation for what other veterans had to go through.

"Those tanks had to be hot, miserable, and being shot at was probably one of the worst feelings in your life," Tate said as he stood next to one of the museum's many tanks. "You have to give it to them to give their heart and soul to do what they had to do."

The museum regularly open from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

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