A great Army deserves a great museum

| March 24, 2016 | 0 Comments
Courtesy photo Here's a rendering of the museum.

Courtesy photo
Here’s a rendering of the museum.

Retired Col. Dave Fabian
Army Historical Foundation

ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. Army, the nation’s oldest and largest military service, is the only one of our armed forces without a national museum.

Although Congress directed the Army in 1814 to collect and exhibit standards, colors and artifacts from the Revolutionary War and War of 1812, that charge has gone unfulfilled for two centuries. That’s about to change, however.

The Army Historical Foundation of Arlington (AHF), Va., is spearheading a $200 million campaign to tell the comprehensive storied history of our nation’s Army by building the National Museum of the United States Army at Fort Belvoir, Va.

AHF currently plans to open the 185,000 square foot educational destination and national landmark on June 14, 2019, the Army’s 244th Birthday.

The museum will be a state-of-the-art facility featuring interactive and engaging exhibits and galleries covering the period of the Revolutionary War to today’s uncertain battlefield.

Also included will be an experiential learning center devoted to geography, science, technology, engineering and math educational programs for middle/high school students, and an outdoor area with a memorial garden, amphitheater, parade ground and Army trail.

A project of this magnitude and national significance requires the encouragement and involvement of the nation.

The late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, a recipient of the Medal of Honor, was a strong advocate for the National Army Museum. Addressing the Army Historical Foundation several years ago, he delivered a moving personal account of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the impact his World War II Army service had on his life and career.

“The Army shaped the course of my life,” Inouye said. “I was the enemy one day, a senator the next and (then) the president pro tem. This can happen only in one place –here in the United States.”

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