MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK: Artifacts Roadshow

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Some family's most cherished heirlooms are military items inherited from past generations.

Whether it's a flag, a uniform or a service medal, every piece of military memorabilia has a story. The experts at the Virginia War Memorial want to tell you exactly what you've got.

"You just never know what's going to come out of someone's attic," said Curator Jessie Smith.

The Virginia War Memorial is hosting its fifth "Artifacts Roadshow." Smith and noted military collectible expert Robert House will give you the background on your item.

"We evaluate it and we tell them what their item is, potential historical significance and how to preserve it," said Smith. "We've never been stumped."

The details of the piece tell the story. After the evaluation, they provide you with a list of resources so you can use their information as a basis find out more.

"We get this a lot, 'My dad never talked about it,' or 'Grand dad never talked about it,' so you get a glimpse into what he did or even why he didn't talk it."

These are historical experts, so they are not giving monetary values, but if you've got a significantly historical piece, they will tell you to get a professional appraisal. For most, these family heirlooms are not for sale - and knowing the full story is priceless.

No live munitions will be allowed, but you can bring all your other military items - including guns - to the Artifacts Roadshow Saturday. It's at the Virginia War Memorial, 621 S Belvidere St., on January 25 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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