Hugs and words of praise met one dedicated volunteer this morning as the World War II museum showed its appreciation for her years of service.
A bell tolled 10 times representing 10,000 hours of service by Grace Hogan, 84, at the National World War II Museum.
The museum honored Hogan for her volunteer work over 12 years. She was honored with an award. The museum said they appreciate volunteers like Hogan who give up their time and help continue the success of the museum.
Unlike many of the museum's volunteers, Hogan is not a veteran herself. But she says she got her passion to volunteer from her brother, who served as a marine during World War II.
Hogan’s brother died in April of 2000, and she said working at the museum has brought her closer than ever to her brother and his experience during World War II.
“There are many things these people bring up that Joe had mentioned or I had forgotten about it,” said Hogan.
Hogan said she will continue to volunteer “as long as my legs can carry me. I certainly don’t have any plans to stay home,” said Hogan.