Coronavirus opening delay isn't slowing down the Army Museum

Julia LeDoux
July 06, 2020 - 1:58 pm
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The COVID-19 pandemic may be delaying the scheduled opening of the National Museum of the United States Army, but it hasn’t stopped the Army Historical Foundation from announcing the new project milestones that have been achieved in its fundraising campaign for the facility.

“We continue to make great progress, and we remain fully committed to rallying the nation’s support for a museum that we promise will be worth the wait,” said retired Lt. Gen. and Foundation President Roger Schultz.

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The Army Historical Foundation is leading the campaign to build the museum near Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Less than four years since breaking ground, the facility is nearly complete. The Foundation and Army are working together on the project.

 According to a Foundation release, recent campaign milestones include:

  • 44,000 donors have contributed $3.3 million so far this year. The campaign has raised over $183.4 million so far
  • Over 50 private organizations are sponsoring unit tributes to be featured along the museum’s exterior promenade leading to the main entrance
  • A total of 125,788 stories are being added to the Registry of the American Soldier, a database of soldiers and their stories of service that will be accessible in the museum.
  • Over 100 military and veteran organizations have sponsored plaques in the museum’s Veterans’ Hall in honor of their groups’ members.
  • Commemorative bricks honoring 8,000 soldiers have already been installed along the promenade, and brick purchases have come from all 50 states. The Foundation is exploring new exterior spaces to meet continued demand. Among the bricks are those honoring well-known Army veterans, including Sen. Bob Dole and Gen. Eric Shinseki. 

Admission to the museum will be free of charge, though tickets will have to be requested through an online reservation system for a specific date and time.

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More details about the ticket reservation system will be posted when the Army announces an opening date. Updates and announcements will be posted here.

Reach Julia LeDoux at Julia@connectingvets.com.

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