In 2010, a $24 million facility was built at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia to house the U.S. Army’s collection of artifacts. A museum open to the public is scheduled for a 2018 opening, or when, and if, fundraising is completed. At this time, $76 million of the $175 million needed has been raised. The facility is kept in complete darkness; hallways light as a person walks by, going back to blackness as the person steps along. The weapons collection is “collapsible,” as you can see in .gif below. To donate or learn more, visit the National Museum, United States Army here.
● Donations can be made through the tax deductible “soldier’s brick” campaign lining the Path of Remembrance or full-sized and miniature replicas, custom-made and placed in a display (not tax deductible) can also be a way to donate.
● FexEx is sponsoring the Aviation Exhibit Beetle Bailey is promoting the Army Brick program.
● Read about 2nd Lt. Carter Harman’s rescue operation in 1944 using the U.S. Army’s first helicopter, the Sikorsky R-4.
The artist of the above “2000 Yard Stare was Tom Lea, a Texan. He is known for his murals of the 1930 characterizing the Southwest on buildings throughout that region.
As an eye-witness artist correspondent for Life Magazine during World War II, Tom Lea traveled over 100,000 miles to record U.S. and Allied soldiers, sailors and airmen and their machines waging war worldwide. He wrote and illustrated bestselling novels—The Brave Bulls and The Wonderful Country—that were adapted into Hollywood movies, and a dozen other books about subjects as diverse as mountaineering in Wyoming, horse training in 16th century New Spain, and the history of the mammoth King Ranch. His paintings depict remote and exotic places from Ecuador to China, but primarily capture subjects found near his home on the border between Mexico and Texas. Source: The Tom Lea Institute
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