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This month, in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Apollo I tragedy, Spring Mill State Park is unveiling a new exhibit at the Virgil I. Grissom Memorial.
The new exhibit was made possible thanks to a recent donation from Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom's wife, Betty.
Among the new items are Grissom's Congressional Space Medal of Honor, the American flag that draped his coffin during the burial service at Arlington National Cemetery and Fliteline medallions commemorating the Gemini 3 and Apollo 1 missions.
In addition to Congressional Space Medal of Honor, American flag and Fliteline medallions, the new exhibit also contains an Apollo 1 patch, a Gemini area permit, a Jaycees trophy and a photograph of President Lyndon Johnson watching one of Grissom's launches on television (signed by the president).
New labels have also been added to several of the framed items already on display.
The Grissom Memorial is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The memorial is inside Spring Mill State Park, about three miles east of Mitchell.
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