- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy and the fighters of World War II are known everywhere, but a new museum opening near Kansas City, Missouri, aims to shine a spotlight on the heroes of ordinary life who are long overdue for recognition.

On May 24 the gates of the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes will open in Fort Scott, Kansas. The new 6,000-square-foot facility will be dedicated to celebrating those who have “made a profound and positive difference in the course of history.” The museum will feature exhibits, a theater and other facilities for visitors to experience.

“History offers proof how one person with courage, conviction, vision and perseverance has the potential to generate profound change,” said Lowell Milken, the center’s founder, in a statement. “Thanks to the efforts of students and teachers from around the world, these unsung heroes are now being brought to life and demonstrate the power of one person to make a difference.”

As part of the grand opening, Lieutenant Colonel Tran Ngoc Hue, Kendall Reinhardt, Ann Williams and Therese Frare will attend and speak with visitors to share their unique stories.

Mr. Hue served with the 1st Infantry Division Army of the Republic of Vietnam. His battalion was decimated attacking the North Vietnamese, and he was captured. His captors offered him freedom if he turned on the American military, but Mr. Hue refused and spent 13 years in prison, mostly in solitary confinement.

Mr. Reinhardt and Ms. Williams were Little Rock Central High School seniors who were bullied for being kind to the nine African-American students who came to their school during integration in the 1960s.

Ms. Frare took a photo that was published in Life magazine in 1990 of David Kirby, a man dying of AIDS. Her photograph helped to dispel certain public fears about the disease and put a human face on the epidemic.

Due to the growth and momentum experienced over the past eight years as well as rising demand for its services, LMC outgrew its current headquarters in Fort Scott, necessitating the new, much larger location.

For more information, visit LowellMilkenCenter.org.

• Eric Althoff can be reached at twt@washingtontimes.com.

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