On September 14 ground was broken for the National Museum of the United States Army, which will be located on an 80-acre site at Fort Belvoir in northern Virginia near Washington, D.C. The 185, 000-square-foot, $200-million museum will contain some 30, 000 artifacts and 15, 000 pieces of artwork. Its three main galleries (Soldier Stories, Fighting for the Nation, and Army and Society) will include every facet of Army history, beginning with the Revolutionary War and ending with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The grounds will include a memorial garden, amphitheater, parade ground, and trail.
“I am proud to say that three years from now, in 2019, the Army will finally have its long-overdue national museum, ” retired Gen. Gordon Sullivan, chair of the Army Historical Foundation, said during the groundbreaking ceremony.
“This will be the museum of the entire U.S. Army through first-hand accounts never-seen before soldier artifacts, dramatic and dynamic venues, state-of-the-art technologies, and high-quality soldier artwork.”