Independence Museum: Treasure Trove of Kataeb's Heritage

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Independence Museum: Treasure Trove of Kataeb's Heritage

As Lebanon is set to mark the 44th anniversary of the start of the 15-year Civil War, the Kataeb party will inaugurate the Independence Museum as part of a large event that commemorates the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the sake of the nation.

The museum's manager, Joy Homsy, said that it was initially the idea of former President Amine Gemayel to establish a venue that combines exhibits about the history of the Kataeb party.

In an interview on Voice of Lebanon radio station, Homsy explained that the "Independence Museum" appellation mirrors the 83-year-old history during which the Kataeb party did not cease to defend the country, both politically and militarily.

Homsy called on the Lebanese to visit the museum which exhibits the history of a nation through that of a prestigious party.

Sophie Akl, a key member of the team that worked on the collection of exhibits and the historic researches, stressed that the museum serves as a memorial and a place of rememberance to all those who dedicated their lives for the country, be it on the political or military level, and a place that provides resources for historians.

"We wanted to know more about the history of Lebanon because if you don't know where you come from, then you don't know where you're going," she told Voice of Lebanon radio station.

For his part the museum's architect, Valdemar Faddoul, described the exhibition as a "safe that contains an important treasure", deeming it as a place that displays a trove of rare, historical valuables.

Faddoul explained that the museum was designed in accordance with international standards, in terms of lighting and high technology, noting that it also provides accessibility to people with disabilities and pregnant women.