Step by step, Jacksontown military enthusiast Aaron Bouma is marching towards his dream of a military museum.
Bouma — who has been gathering war history and information, learning about military equipment and tactics since childhood — hopes to open a museum in Jacksontown as soon as possible. He already has several artifacts, including highly detailed handmade scaled models of military equipment, to display in the building once completed.
Over the years, Bouma presented several of his models to the Canadian Forces, including some on display at the Canadian Forces Base in Gagetown.
He also shared his knowledge of military history and equipment at public presentations throughout the region. Earlier this year, Bouma delivered a presentation on the Dieppe Raid at the L.P. Fisher Library in Woodstock.
This summer, Bouma laid the concrete for the museum floor on his property in Jacksontown and is preparing to start building the structure.
Bouma is looking for financial contributions to help him complete the project dedicated to the men and women who served their nation in the First and Second World Wars, the Korean Conflict and more recent conflicts, such as Afghanistan and several peacekeeping missions.
Bouma said anyone interested in donating to the project could call him at 1-506-323-3713 or message him via Facebook.
Jim Dumville, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, River Valley Sun