Dedicated in 1991, the National Guard Memorial building is located at the intersection of North Capitol Street and Massachusetts Avenue in the northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C., only blocks away from the U.S. Capitol and the National Mall. The building serves as the headquarters of the National Guard Association of the United States, which was established by militia officers in 1878 to obtain better equipment and training by petitioning Congress for more resources.
The building is home to the National Guard Memorial Museum, the Memorial Library and the Medal of Honor Gallery. Other historical elements, including busts of presidents who served in the militia, Guard aircraft models and miniature statues of Guardsmen representing various states and times periods, are located in the building. A life-size Minuteman statue stands in the building lobby as a symbol of the Guard’s motto, “Always Ready, Always There.”
NGAUS recently paid off the mortgage for the National Guard Memorial. Celebrate the history of the Association’s headquarters by watching this video.