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The Fort Taber Military Museum released its 2015 visitor statistics on Tuesday, and they are pretty much right in stride with where they were in 2014.

According to numbers released by Vice President and Curator Robert Bromley, the Military Museum had 11,597 visitors in 2015, just slightly less than the 2014 total of 11,645.

Bromley also noted that the aggregate attendance at the Museum from August 2004 until December 2015 is 81,665.

"This shows that the Military Museum has become a steady venue for the city and surrounding area," he said. "It's a place where everyone who served in the Armed Forces are honored each day, and a place where those who are no longer with us are remembered."

With so many great events such as the Sun of a Beach Festival, the Pyrate Invasion, Face Your Fears Night and others bringing in droves of people to the Fort Taber State Park area, it's easy to see why so many flock to the Military Museum as well. And with the improvements being made to Fort Rodman and the surrounding batteries, visitor numbers are expected to increase in the future.

Already, attendance for January 2016 is 42 percent higher than it was in January of 2014.

Bromley also noted the hard work and dedication of the Military Museum volunteers. They put in a total of 6,156 hours in 2015. Since the Museum started keeping a record of volunteer hours in 2006, they have given a grand total of 48,958 hours to operate the Museum and its programs.