The National Museum of the United States Army will begin construction this month in Fort Belvoir, Va. to honor US soldiers and educate the public the history and notable works of the army in the country. Costing about $200 million, the museum will commemorate the works of over 30 million individuals who have dedicated themselves to service since 1775.
The museum will open in 2019 and will display selections of more than 15,000 pieces from the Army Art Collection and over 30,000 artifacts, documents, and images more. These arrays of items are considered rare and priceless artifacts which the public hasn't seen yet. The museum expects the number of visitors to the museum to reach 750,000 a year.
The army museum will be incorporating state-of-the-art technological advances for visitors both young and old to enjoy the immersive experience. Lt. Gen. Roger Schultz, Army Historical Foundation president told Fox News: "We've just reached another important milestone in our timeline for building the National Museum of the United States Army. There is no other museum in the Army Enterprise that tells the complete Army story and the Army's wide-ranging contributions to our nation's growth and development."
Outside the museum, the team will plan to erect a memorial garden, amphitheater, parade ground, and a trail. Among these are the Founder's Hall to hold temporary events and exhibit space, the Promenade scenic walkway with commemorative bricks of soldiers, and the amphitheater which will host events and performances.
The highlight feature of the army museum will be its Soldiers stories gallery where personal accounts of men and women in battle were accounted and documented for the last 240 years. The Fighting for the Nation and Army and Society exhibit recounts stories of war starting from the American Revolutionary War up to the current crisis with Iraq and Afghanistan.
The theme of the national museum will be "Service and Sacrifice" as seen from every floor and space of the property. According to US Army, they are the only branch of the military without a national museum.