Thursday, August 10, 2006

National Museum of the Marine Corps

The Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation are working together to create The National Museum of the Marine Corps. The facility is currently under construction on 135 acres outside of the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia known as the Marine Corps Heritage Center and is scheduled to open in three months, in November 2006. The 100,000 square foot facility will contain artifacts and memorabilia from throughout USMC history. State of the art technology and multimedia will be used to recreate certain events such as the landing on Iwo Jima.

Since some of the priceless and irreplaceable artifacts are already starting to be placed in the facility, the Marine Corps is providing Marines to work as sentries guarding the area after construction finishes each day. Once the facility opens, the museum has a contract to provide its own security force.

The main entrance will be accessible from Route 1. Engraved above the entrance will be the words, "Enter and experience what it means to be a Marine."

Ooh-rah! I can't wait to visit the museum and take my friends and family.

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