National U.S. Army museum gains support

Museum scheduled to open in 2015


Retired Army Maj. Gen. John P. Herrling, executive director of the Capital Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army (left) and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Commander-in-Chief Richard L. Eubank hold the $100,000 check the VFW recently presented to the National Army Museum.  VFW has pledged $500,000 towards the creation of the Veterans Hall in the Museum to be built at Ft. Belvoir, Va. The VFW was the first major veterans service organization to pass a resolution pledging to support the fundraising efforts and building of the Museum. 

The Army Historical Foundation reported recently it continues to make great progress in efforts to raise funds for the building of The National Museum of the United States Army at Fort Belvoir, Va. In addition to the sale of coins by the United States Mint, both Lockheed Martin and The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) have recently made substantial contributions to the Army Historical Foundation to help fund the creation of the Museum, scheduled to open in 2015.

The Museum will be a state of the art facility, showcasing dynamic exhibits that pay tribute to the 30 million men and women who have worn the Army uniform since 1775.
 
The United States Mint is currently selling three distinct 2011 Army Commemorative Coins, the Army $5 gold coin, silver dollar and clad half-dollar, which were authorized by Congress in 2008 to celebrate the service’s storied history and honor. The coins, respectfully themed “Army Service in War,” “Modern Army Service,” and “Army Service in Peace,” each depict proud Army imagery.  All three coins can be ordered at www.usmint.gov/catalog or by calling 1-800 USA-MINT.  The pricing of the coins includes a surcharge, which will help finance the Museum.
 
Lockheed Martin Corporation recently pledged $10 million to sponsor the National Museum of the United States Army’s Education Pavilion, a unique, state-of-the-art interactive resource center that will feature science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational programs related to the company’s four product areas—water, air, land, and space. 
 
The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the first major veterans service organization to pass a resolution pledging to support the fundraising efforts and building of the National Museum of the United States Army, recently donated $500,000 to support the Museum’s Veterans’ Hall. The Veterans’ Hall will host a variety of educational outreach initiatives including presentations, demonstrations, and a lecture series.
 
The Museum will have many notable galleries. The Soldiers’ Stories gallery will feature personal accounts from Soldiers serving from all generations, offering a glimpse into their personalities, emotions and values at their time of service. The Fighting for the Nation gallery will tell the Army’s remarkable stories of triumph and sacrifice from the first shots of the Revolutionary War and difficult years of the Civil War, to the overseas service of the last century and today’s ongoing Global War on Terrorism. The Museum’s Army and Society gallery, a gallery unlike any in the other services’ museums, 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.
 
 
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