Guard Museum to Reopen with New Gallery Dedicated to Post-9/11 Service
Contact: John Goheen at 202-789-0031
WASHINGTON (Oct. 4, 2012) – The National Guard Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. will close Oct. 8 for renovations and reopen on Nov. 1 with a newly added gallery detailing the Guard’s service since the terrorist attacks on the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001.
With approximately 780 square feet, the 9/11 Era Gallery will tell the story of the Guard’s transition from a strategic reserve to an operational force over the past decade.
In addition to Hendrick Motorsports, Lockheed Martin, USAA and hundreds of donors, two Virginia-based companies have collaborated with the National Guard Memorial Museum to make the gallery a reality. Design Minds, Inc. created the blueprint for the new gallery and Color-Ad, Inc. will install the exhibit.
The gallery will include a memorial wall displaying names of Guardsmen who died in support of the War on Terror; artifacts from domestic missions; pieces of steel from the World Trade Center towers; and uniforms worn by Guardsmen who served in Operation Noble Eagle, Operating Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The 9/11 Era Gallery will be officially dedicated during a private ceremony on Nov. 17.
For more information or to schedule a tour, contact Anne Armstrong, the deputy director of the National Guard Educational Foundation, at 202-408-5890 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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About the NGEF: Established in 1975 as a 501(c)(3) organization, the National Guard Educational Foundation tells all 375 years of the National Guard story. Co-located with NGAUS in the National Guard Memorial in Washington, D.C., the NGEF operates a variety of programs, including the management of the National Guard Memorial Museum, the only museum dedicated to sharing the history of citizen-soldiers and airmen from a national perspective. More information is online at www.ngef.org.
About NGAUS: The nearly 45,000 members of the National Guard Association of the United States are either current or former Guard officers. NGAUS was created in 1878 to provide unified National Guard representation in Washington. In their first productive meeting after Reconstruction, militia officers from the North and South formed the association with the goal of obtaining better equipment and training by petitioning Congress for more resources. More than a century later, NGAUS has the same mission. More information is online at www.ngaus.org.