The world’s largest bronze memorial statue was made by Fred Hoppe for the Branson Veterans Memorial Museum. Each figure in the WWII centerpiece is modeled after an actual combat soldier, one from each of the 50 states. Leading the charge up the beach is Fred's late father, Fred Hoppe, Sr., a highly decorated war hero. Valued at $3 million. Click thumbnail for full-size image.
Branson, Missouri, honors veterans every day, year round and significant among its many attractions is the Veterans Memorial Museum (veteransmemorialbranson.com). The museum’s visionary, owner, builder, collector and display organizer, Fred Hoppe, has also built an amazing sculpture that is the centerpiece of the exhibits. The collections are very personal while universal and teach much about participants in the wars.
The Armed Forces Military Museum, Largo Florida
“INCREDIBLE!...one of the most exciting, educating and electrifying military collections I have ever seen.”
The Armed Forces Military Museum is the newest attraction to the Tampa/St. Petersburg area, as well as
one of the largest military museums in Florida!
The museum serves to "Give the Past a Future" honoring those who served and telling the Story of Our Freedom.
It covers eras from WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam with more to come! Over 35,000 feet of tanks, equipment, displays and memorabilia including:
~ Wall of Hero's
~ Memorial Garden Walk
~ Virtual Voyager simulator ride wit h 10 missions
~ Officers Club available for reunions, anniverseries, birthdays !
It's excellent for all ages! So what a great place to have a reunion and enjoy the area's many
attractions, beac hes, and sunshine! Don't delay and plan today!
of Valor Museum
The Legion of Valor, organized in 1890, is the nation's senior
veterans organization. It is an association of persons who have
been recognized with the award of one of the nation's two highest
honors: The Medal of Honor of the Navy, Army or Air Force; or
The Army Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross or Air Force
of Valor Museum is in the Fresno (CA) Veterans Memorial Auditorium,
2425 Fresno St, Fresno CA 93721; 209-498-0510. Hours are 10 AM
to 3 PM with special viewing by appointment. Admission is free.
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
1100 Spaatz Street
Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433 (near Dayton)
(937) 255-3286, www.nationalmuseum.af.mil
Seeing military history is easy at Fort Scott and Fort Leavenworth,
both in Kansas.
The forts were built to keep peace among Indian tribes and settlers
heading west before Kansas was a state. Fort Leavenworth opened
in 1827 and Fort Scott in 1842, both were gates to western expansion.
there was a need to bury soldiers and cemeteries were established
at each fort in 1862. These National Cemeteries offer a solemn
and historic experience in American history. However, there are
historic tours of nearby towns to lighten the mood. If frontier
forts sound interesting, Kansas has eight and many offer living
history programs and annual events. Visit www.fortscott.com; http://www.army.mil/info/history/; www.nps.gov/fosc/home.htm. from Kansas
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history worth visiting
From the frontier forts of our westward expansion to the modern
Air Force bases of the Cold War, military museums chronicle our
past while honoring the men and women who fought for our freedom.
War Museum, Bardstown, Kentucky, explores the War of the Western
States - Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri and Mississippi;
Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, the US Air Force Museum 300
aircraft and missiles; 937-255-3286.
Lakes Museum of Military History, Michigan City, Indiana, spanning
military history from the Revolutionary War to Desert Storm;
Arsenal Museum, Rock Island, Illinois, the history of many eras
since Fort Armstrong helped protect fur traders on the American
Museum of the Tuskegee Airmen at Historic Fort Wayne, Detroit,
Michigan, is dedicated to men who fought for democracy while
being denied freedoms for which they risked their lives; 313-843-8849.
Veterans Museum, Madison, Wisconsin, exhibits Civil War to Desert
Storm, each branch of the military; 608-264-6086.
near Little Falls, Minnesota, "Forts on the Frontier"
exhibit describes how Minnesota's early garrisons and forts
aided in the settlement of the state; 320-632-7374.
Air Command Museum, next to Mahoney State Park near Ashland
Nebraska, 4000-item permanent collection and interactive children's
Dakota Air and Space Museum, Rapid City, South Dakota, Bus tours
of Ellsworth Air Force Base during the summer months allow visitors
to tour a Minuteman II missile launch facility; 605-385-5188.
Johnston, Iowa, Gold Star Museum items from Iowans who served
from the Civil War to the present; 515) 252-4531.
Disciplinary Barracks and the Frontier Army Museum, Fort Leavenworth,
Kansas, focuses on the role the Army played in westward expansion;
Infantry Division Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, displays
works of cartoonist Bill Mauldin whose Up Front series featured
two infantrymen's views of WWII; 405-424-5313.
As the US
expanded across the Kansas plains in the 1800's, a fort was erected
each time the frontier was pushed beyond the protective reach
of the last citadel.
and Fort Leavenworth remain active. Fort Scott, Kansas, was
established in 1842 to protect settlers on the Permanent Indian
was home to Lt. Col. George Custer and his 7th US Cavalry, as
well as William "Buffalo Bill" Cody, Wild Bill Hickok,
Gen Phillip Sheridan, and the 9th and 10th US cavalries, better
known as the Buffalo Soldiers; 785-625-6812.
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One of the most controversial and tumultuous times in US history
has been honorably recognized with the opening of the nation's
first Vietnam Era Educational Center in Holmdel, New Jersey. The
center's exhibits include photographs, interactive displays, and
personal letters from Vietnam veterans. More space has been allocated
for classrooms and research. Located next to the New Jersey Vietnam
Veterans' Memorial, the Education Center is an unparalleled learning
source and historic treasure house of the Vietnam Era. For more
information call 732-335-0033; www.njvvmf.org
Bush Gallery at Admiral Nimitz Historical Center immerses visitors
in WWII Era
The George Bush Gallery of the National Museum of the Pacific
War at the Admiral Nimitz Museum is located in Fredericksburg, Texas. Exhibits portray American and Japanese battles in
the defining War in the Pacific. Designed as a walk through history,
memories will be awakened in veterans who fought on isolated beaches
hopping across the ocean. A new generation, meanwhile, will learn
how wide a swath this war created.
For more information about the Bush Gallery, visit www.pacificwarmuseum.org/your-visit/george-h.w-bush-gallery For the calendar of events, visit www.pacificwarmuseum.org/news-events/
War Service Medals
If you haven't received your Korean War Service Medal, contact
Major Kwon, Korean Embassy, 2450 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington
DC 20008; 202-939-6484.