National Army Museum will tell the story of the American soldier
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published: September 15, 2016
FORT BELVOIR, VA. — Dozens of museums across the nation are dedicated to sharing portions of the U.S. Army’s story, though no one institution exists that tells the comprehensive history of America’s oldest military service.
That will change in 2019 when the National Museum of the United States Army expects to open the doors of its state-of-the art, 180,000-square-foot facility on the grounds of Fort Belvoir in Virginia, about 30 minutes south of Washington D.C., said retired Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, the chairman of the Army Historical Foundation.
“The Army has never had a national museum,” said Sullivan, who served as the Army’s chief of staff from 1991-1995. “It’s had a lot of other museums, but this museum will tell the entire story of the Army … and give its visitors the chance to reflect on all the roles the Army has played throughout the development of our country.”
The Army Historical Foundation has worked more than a decade to build the museum. It took its first physical step toward its construction Wednesday, when foundation officials and top Army leaders gathered near the Fort Belvoir golf course to officially break ground.