Americans in Wartime Experience


The Word is Getting Out

We are thankful that as people learn of the Americans in Wartime Experience, they immediately see its value. Here are just some of those who have provided statements of support for this project:

Senator John McCain

You have my wholehearted endorsement for this important project.

I am particularly impressed with the planned recording studio for your oral history program in the National Veterans Visitor Center. It is vitally important that we preserve the stories of so many patriotic Americans who served our country in harm’s way during the conflicts of the 20th and 21st centuries. Recognizing the sacrifices and efforts made on the home front—especially by military families—is another aspect of the Museum that resonates with me.

Your location on I-95 in the Corridor of Military History is a wonderful blessing, and the expansive site will give you the room you need to build the warfront campuses and educate visitors about the realities of service. Allan Cors’ armored vehicle collection is sure to be a hit with students and veterans alike.

John McCain
United States Senator

Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (via the Congressional Record)

This project enjoys broad, bipartisan support from the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the United States Congress. George Mason University is a key partner in this endeavor, which will provide new academic and research opportunities for students, historians and the public. The leadership team of the museum includes…Allan Cors, Chairman of the Board of Trustees; former Virginia Governor and U.S. Senator Chuck Robb; a Medal of Honor recipient and other distinguished veterans; military historians, authors and journalists; and prominent business leaders.

Madam Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing the vision and dedication of those individuals and organizations that have worked together to create The Americans in Wartime Museum. This museum will educate, inspire and most importantly, honor all who have served our great nation in uniform.

Donald Rumsfeld

I want you to know that I am impressed with the vision for the Americans in Wartime Museum. So many wonderful and valiant Americans have sacrificed for our country in wartime, on the battlefield and on the home front, and your museum will bring their stories to life.

You have an excellent location and many unique features, from the impressive collection of vintage military vehicles, the Oral History recording studio in the National Veterans Visitor center, and the restoration hangar, to the regularly planned demonstrations and re-enactments. Education is the key to sustaining a strong nation and the Americans in Wartime Museum is designed to play a significant role in preserving and presenting an accurate accounting of our military history and those who served.

Count me a supporter!

Donald Rumsfeld

American Airborne Association, Inc.

I and the members of our brotherhood are impressed with the concept and plans for the National Museum of Americans in Wartime. In particular, the plan to include theme areas, each highlighting the service and sacrifice of America’s soldiery of our major wars, is intriguing and innovative.

That each theme area is separate yet contiguous to the wars the preceded and followed will enable the visitor to envision the progression of the profession of arms in our nation. Couple with the displays of artifacts in the Museum itself, the entirety of the image of our Nation at war on the battlefield and the home front will be apparent to the visitor.

We, of the American Airborne Association fully endorse your endeavor and will urge our comrades of other fraternal veterans organizations to do likewise.

William E. Weber
Col. USA-Ret


On behalf of AMVETS, I am writing to endorse the Americans in Wartime Museum.AMVETS stands solidly behind your goal to honor veterans of all military services and educate the public about the sacrifices so many veterans made for our country.

The Americans in Wartime Museum has a great location in “The Corridor of Military History” and will be a great draw for veterans, their families, veteran reunion groups, students and others interested in military history. The National Veterans Visitor Center, with its meeting rooms, banquet facilities, recording studio, an accessibility to the Landscapes of War and other museum features will be especially attractive to AMVETS members.

James B. King
National Executive Director

Business Executives for National Security

I endorse the National Museum of Americans in Wartime. Without doubt, it will play an important role in honoring our veterans and educating visitors about their wartime experiences and those values we all hold dear—selfless sacrifice, duty, honor, country. The recognition of families, volunteers and others on the home front adds great value to the museum’s message.

Montgomery C. Meigs
General, USA (Ret.)
President and CEO

Disabled American Veterans (DAV)

On behalf of the Disabled American Veterans, I am writing to express our support and appreciation for the intent of the National Museum of Americans in Wartime. Honoring and serving disabled veterans and their families and survivors is our mission, and we believe that your museum will serve to educate our citizens, especially young people about the sacrifices so many military men and women have made to protect our freedom.

David W. Gorman
Executive Director
Washington Headquarters

Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)

On behalf of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), I am writing to express our support for the National Museum of Americans in Wartime. We believe that the museum will honor veterans in a way that will highlight their service and educate visitors, especially young people, about the sacrifices that they and their families have made in defense of our freedoms.

The location along the I-95 corridor, authentic outdoor Landscapes of War, extensive vehicle collection and interactive programming should do much to attract visitors. We are pleased that the National Veterans Center with recording facilities and meeting spaces will be such a prominent part of your main building.

Vice Admiral Norbert R. Ryan, Jr., USN (Ret.)
MOAA President and CEO

Military Order of the Purple Heart

As you are aware, the Military Order of the Purple Heart is a Congressionally Chartered organization solely composed of combat wounded that among other causes is dedicated to promoting American patriotism. After discussion among Department leadership we feel the Americans in Wartime Museum not only upholds these values but will also serve as a necessary component to promote these patriotic ideals to all citizens visiting our nation’s capital. Therefore, it is with great pleasure that we endorse the Americans in Wartime Museum.

Yours in Patriotism,
Mark L. Donald, Commander
Department of Virginia
United States Navy – Retired

Rolling Thunder Inc.

As the Executive Director of Rolling Thunder Inc., I write to wholeheartedly endorse the National Museum of Americans in Wartime. Rolling Thunder is especially supportive of the Museum’s innovative approach as an indoor/outdoor experience which sets it apart, making it unlike any other endeavor honoring all acts of service.

For 25 years, Rolling Thunder Inc. has been committed to educating the public and increasing awareness about veterans’ issues, in particular the POW/MIA issue and injustices suffered by veterans. As an organization, we are able to fully embrace and support the mission of the Museum to honor those who have served in all branches of the United States military, on the home front and in the clandestine services from WWI to present-day conflicts.

Creation of this unique Museum to tell the individual stories of ordinary Americans who have served in extraordinary ways throughout the decades – both on the battlefront and on the home front – is essential to ensuring these stores are told, recorded and preserved for future generations.

Arthur Muller, Executive Director
Rolling Thunder Inc.

Prince William County

On behalf of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, I am writing to fully support the Americans in Wartime Museum….The Museum, when completed, will be a project like no other, with its comprehensive coverage of all U.S. armed military services and major conflicts of the 20th and 21st centuries, both on the battlefield and the home front.

In addition to the cultural importance, we believe that the Museum will truly be an asset to the economic development of our County. The Museum not only will bring employment and tourism to our area, but it will also be instrumental in the economic revitalization of the Dale City area.

Corey A. Stewart, Chairman

Discover Prince William/Manassas

We at the Prince William County/Manassas Convention & Tourism Bureau are excited about the positive impact that the Americans in Wartime Museum will have on regional tourism here in the middle of the Corridor of Military History alongside the National Museum of the Marine Corps and Manassas National Battlefield Park. Your unique facility featuring authentic warfront scenes and operational tanks will capture the imagination of school children and veterans alike.

Where else in the world will a student be able to sit inside an armored personnel carrier or HUEY helicopter?

The Americans in Wartime Museum will truly honor, educate and inspire, as well as enhance tourism in our region and state.

Ann Marie Maher
Executive Director
The Americans in Wartime Experience explores the impact of war and conflict on America since WWI. It honors those who served in the military and on the home front and highlights the values they demonstrated in serving – duty, honor, and courage. It examines how periods of conflict have profoundly shaped American society. It educates visitors about the costs of war, both on a personal and social level. It challenges visitors to remember the service and sacrifices made by their fellow citizens to preserve and defend our freedoms. LEARN MORE

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