CAMP RIPLEY - A new exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of the U.S. and Minnesota involvement in World War I is opening today (Friday). "In The Fight: Minnesota and the First World War" is at the Minnesota Military Museum at Camp Ripley.

Executive Director Jeff Thielen says it's one of the largest exhibits they've put together in several years.

It's very heavy on artifacts. We've got 14 different displays in the exhibit. I think people will really enjoy it.

Theilen says there's a lot about that period we may have forgotten about.

We touch a little bit in one off the displays on the 1918 flu pandemic. It was probably the greatest disaster to ever befall on the United States. It' snot one that's ever really been memorialized. There's no memorial to the 675,000 Americans who died during that pandemic.

During the summer months, the Minnesota Military Museum is open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The cost to enter is $5 for adults, or $12 for families.

Photos courtesy of the Minnesota Military Museum