Yes, I called it. We’re getting a permanent home for the National Museum of Americans At War right here in Prince William County. Until then, Chairman Corey Stewart has his own tank battalion to employ in the defense of Prince William County and its residents. Well, not quite, but we can still dream, can’t we?
I enjoyed the speakers at the announcement today, and here’s a few pictures I took of the event. This is going to be the best thing that’s ever happened to Dumfries.
Yes, you can laugh at things when armor is backing you up.
Armor also seems to help you gain a few political friends.
The museum will be at Dumfries Road and I-95, in the Neabsco District that John Jenkins currently represents, and should be open in about three years thanks to the help of the Hylton family who donated the property.
Delegate Richard Anderson, an Air Force veteran, had to be there…
…as did Army veteran Delegate Jackson Miller.
Folks, this is going to be a tremendous cultural and educational resource for the entire region and put Prince William County at the center of the map for military history in the United States. On one end of the county, we’ll have Manassas National Battlefield Park, and on the other end we’ll have the National Marine Corps Heritage Museum and the National Museum of Americans at War, and in between we’re just littered with all sorts of spots significant to military history that date back even to the Revolutionary War.
Perhaps one of the most significant is the Old Courthouse in Manassas, where years after the Civil War hundreds of veterans of the battles of Manassas joined for a “peace jubilee” that was rare and rather unique not only for the Civil War, but for armed conflict of any kind. Although I dislike that the radical left tries to hijack the meaning of this event for their own purposes, it remains a powerful piece of history that vastly broadens the scope of our heritage here in the county and adds meaning and purpose to the other events that have transpired here. We fight when necessary not for peace, but for freedom and liberty, and once that freedom and liberty that we hold so dear is secured, our nation in a very unique way embraces our former foes and brings the blessings we have fought to defend to those we have vanquished.
For most of the nations our country has fought, being defeated in war by the United States is the best thing that has ever happened to them in the long run. Here in Prince William County you can learn about every aspect of that progression from the first major battle of a war, right to the healing that happened after the battles ceased, and everything in between, from the time when muskets roared right to the time when huge armored vehicles swept the field.
We are blessed with one of the greatest pieces of God’s amazing earth ever to exist.
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