US Army to Get Its Own National Museum After 200 Years of Waiting

This Cobra King battle tank from World War II’s “Battle of the Bulge” is just one major artifact to be on display at the new National Museum of the US Army. (Image credit: National Museum of the US Army)

Right now, the US Army is the only military branch without its own national museum. In 2020, that’s set to change. The future capstone of the Army is still under construction on a hill in Virginia.

The Army says it’s been a long time coming, and they took CBN News inside the steel fortress in Fort Belvoir for a sneak peek.

When workers rolled away the protective covering to reveal the U.S. Army emblem on the lobby floor this summer, it had been some two years since the Army installed the final steel beam.

That milestone was some 200 years in the making after the 13th U.S. Congress authorized a national museum for the Army.

“We are the last service to have its own national museum,” said Tammy Call, director of the National Museum of the U.S. Army.

It took a lot of heavy lifting to move every artifact inside. One major macro artifact is the “Cobra King” battle tank, the “First in Bastogne” 38-ton legend that broke through the German lines during World War II’s “Battle of the Bulge.”

Another set-piece is M3 Bradley fighting vehicle that led the charge in the 2003 invasion of Baghdad, Iraq.

Those moves helped pave the way for suspending the Vietnam era UH-1 “Huey” from the ceiling as the Army prepares to bring in many more artifacts.

Now, the oldest branch of the U.S. military is “rolling along” into a 185,000 square-foot glass and steel citadel above 84 acres some 20 miles south of the nation’s capital.

“It represents a beacon, again the strength of the Army, the safety of the Army, and that’s how we protect our citizens as well,” said Call.

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Source: CBN