The Army may soon have a museum to call its own. Plans are in the works to construct The National Museum of the United States Army at Fort Belvoir, Va.
The museum will pay tribute to the 30 million men and woman who have worn the Army uniform since 1775.
The museum will feature state-of-the-art exhibits, an education pavilion and a veteran’s hall. The hall, supported by a half million dollar donation from the Veterans of Foreign Wars, will host educational outreach initiatives.
Notable galleries planned include the Soldiers’ Stories, Fighting For The Nation and Army and Society. Soldiers’ Stories will feature personal accounts from Soldiers serving from all generations, offering a glimpse into their personalities, emotions and values at their time of service.
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Fighting For The Nation will showcase stories of triumph and sacrifice from the first short of the Revolutionary War to today’s ongoing Global War on Terrorism.
The Army and Society gallery will depict the interaction between the country’s oldest fighting force and its citizens, including the Army’s humanitarian efforts, the ever increasing diversity of the force and the efforts of the American people to show their Soldiers support.
The museum will also feature a Registry of the American Soldier, a listing of those who’ve served with the U.S. Army. The registry will be on permanent display at the museum and will be accessible on the website. Anyone who has served the U.S. Army can have their name and service history added to the registry.
The museum is scheduled to open in 2015. Fort Belvoir is located less than 20 miles from the nation’s capital and is home to the U.S. Army Materiel Command and elements of 10 other major Army commands.
To add your name to the registry, visit www.armyhistory.org.