The Prince William Board of County Supervisors and The Wartime Museum Board of Trustees announced on April 13, 2010, that the future National Museum of Americans in Wartime, operating as The Wartime Museum, will be located on a 70-acre site near the intersection of Interstate 95 and Dale Boulevard. The Hylton Family of Prince William County donated the site.
"The announcement of The Wartime Museum in Prince William County is important not just for [the district] that I represent, but for the County as a whole—and indeed all of the men and women who have served our great country over the years," said John D. Jenkins, LTC USA (Ret), Neabsco District Supervisor, Prince William Board of County Supervisors.
"There are more than 36,000 veterans who currently live in our County, and this museum will honor them, as well as those who continue to serve our country proudly. The purpose of this museum is to remember all the sacrifices that our nation has made on behalf of freedom and democracy. By remembering, we make sure our future generations understand the importance of guarding our hard-won freedoms, and we inspire them to never forget the sacrifices that were made on their behalf."
The Wartime Museum will be a one-of-a-kind, world-class museum that will honor those who served in all branches of the United States military and on the American home front from World War I to the present day. The Museum will particularly focus on educating young Americans about personal wartime experiences, the realities of war and the sacrifices made by Americans striving to preserve our nation's freedoms.
Indoor and outdoor exhibits will feature The Landscapes of War—authentic replicas of battlefront scenes—and will provide a dynamic, interactive experience so visitors can see, hear and touch military vehicles and artifacts.
"We are extremely proud that The Wartime Museum will be located in Prince William County and in Virginia, the heart of American history and patriotism," said Craig Stewart, President and CEO of The Wartime Museum. "With unwavering support from PrinceWilliam County, the Hylton Family's generous land donation, and The Wartime Museum's capital campaign, we look forward to the day when we will open the doors of this incredible Museum to veterans, school children, families and visitors from all walks of life."
The Wartime Museum will also be a core attraction along "The Corridor of Military History." This burgeoning tourism region in Virginia includes such prominent cultural attractions as The National Museum of the Marine Corps near Quantico and the plannedNational Museum of the U.S. Army at Fort Belvoir.
Initial site grading will begin later this year, and officials anticipate that The Wartime Museum will open to the public on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2014.
The Wartime Museum is having an open house on Saturday, August 21 and Sunday, August 22, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Aden Field (the "Tank Farm"). Enjoy this rare opportunity to view dozens of vintage and fully operational armored vehicles from World War I to the modern era.
The event features vehicle demonstrations, live-action military reenactments, a special activity zone for young children, and more. The event is free and free parking is available on site. The event is outdoors. Please dress appropriately for the weather. All-American picnic food (hot dogs, hamburgers, beverages, etc.) will be sold on site.
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