Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs
VA Unveils Plans for National Museum Honoring Veterans
November 8, 2001, 08:00:00 AM
" Our nation's veterans have made tremendous contributions to our country and its history," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony J. Principi. "This new museum will tell that story to generations of Americans, both born and not yet born."
Exhibits will discuss the impact on American society of such seminal events as the Bonus Army of 1932 and the G.I. Bill of 1944. Other exhibits will explain the role of the Department of Veterans Affairs and its missions, and the many innovations for which VA employees are responsible.
In remarks at the reception, attended by members of Congress and leaders of
Principi also plans to link the museum with the Capital's great veterans memorials, including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial; the Korean Veterans Memorial; the Women in Military Service to America Memorial; and the World War II Memorial, which is currently under construction.
He proposes interactive learning areas for visitors, and places set aside for lecture and discussion. His "highest priority," however, is to create a site for students of all ages to visit, along with their parents and teachers.
VA noted that a timetable has not yet been prepared for construction of the museum, but that a contractor, Lord Cultural Resources Planning and Management, Inc., has been retained to assist in museum planning.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has responsibility for providing federal benefits to
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