New Army Museum Opened In Fairfax County

The new National Museum of the United States Army was opened on Veterans Day. On display are guns, tanks, uniforms, and recorded first-hand accounts of fighting in one of the many wars that this country fought since being formed nearly 250 years ago. This museum is on Fort Belvoir land off the Fairfax County Parkway, right across from the Davidson Airfield.

The tank from the Battle of the Bulge in World War II

According to the Burke Connection, “Once inside the front doors, it branches off into a chronological corridor, with the Revolutionary War off to the left, the Civil War, World War I and II, and Korea and Vietnam in the cold war area. Then there is a section called the “changing world,” off to the right. That’s where Andy Sampson and his brother Lucas Ilaug were looking at the current uniforms and materials. Ilaug was a medic in the First Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas. “What they’re showing here is pretty accurate,” he said, pointing to a medic kit behind glass in the Iraq War area.”

As per Burke Connection, “In the Iraq War section, the newsreel of the twin towers of the World Trade Center collapsing on Sept. 11, 2001, in New York City provides the backdrop to a Desert Storm diorama. On the second floor, there’s an exhibit called the “Art of Soldering,” full of art produced on the front lines. On the third floor is the Medal of Honor garden and experience. In July 1862, the Medal of Honor was created by Congress for soldiers that “distinguished themselves by gallantry in action,” reads the description. Outside in the lobby, there’s a gift shop full of Army sweatshirts, coffee cups, and more.”

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Maryam N. is a Senior Writer at Nesbitt Realty. She is an expert on Fairfax County. Maryam has also worked previously as a geologist. She is a foodie and enjoys cooking and exploring new restaurants.