FOR RELEASE ON JUNE 4, 2010
William R. (Bill) Dixon, Board President of The Armed Forces Museum & Archives of the Carolinas, Ltd. (AFMAC), announced that the Board has established a speakers task force to present the museum’s strategic building plan through a PowerPoint presentation to American Legion and VFW posts within the region. Bill strongly believes that our nation’s veterans will be a key support group in accomplishing the AFMAC mission. Bill said, “Our veterans, retirees and their families will be the cornerstone of this important heritage center.”
The military museum idea originated in 2008 with American Legion Post 235 in Matthews, NC, to honor our nation’s veterans with a facility to educate the public. Now, two years later, AFMAC, a non-profit entity, has a classic military museum design created by award winning Roger Reimann of Zoma Communications, who has more than 17 years of professional museum exhibit development and fabrication experience. Roger’s current projects include the Airborne Special Operations Museum at Fort Bragg and a large scale regional history museum in Greenwood, SC.
AFMAC will be a world-class interpretative museum telling the stories of the American soldiers who have sacrificed for our freedoms. With over 250 years of military history, the Carolinas have a unique geographical position for fulfilling the museum’s vision. Extensive collections of historical artifacts and memorabilia, innovative programs to engage visitors, and educational outreach are the essential elements of this specialized museum plan. Our current veterans have the opportunity to record their own stories for future generations through the Veterans History Project which is a part of The Library of Congress. AFMAC is actively facilitating this project in the Charlotte area to fulfill the museum’s goal to interview and record the stories of men and women who have served our great country at the home front and abroad.
The Town of Mint Hill, NC, has generously donated the land for the AFMAC museum which will be built at the Park on Fairview in Mint Hill, just off interstate 485 adjacent to the site of the Korean War Memorial soon to be built. This will be a fantastic heritage destination for Mint Hill and the state of North Carolina, drawing school groups, veterans, day-trippers and others. There is no other military museum in the area that honors all five branches of the service: the Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, and Air Force.
The Founding Members Campaign is currently underway. Veterans, their families and friends are invited to be a part of the “cornerstone” and legacy of honor, preservation and freedom the Armed Forces Museum represents. Permanent recognition in the museum will be given to those who donate funds at this time. In addition, each person who contributes $25 or more will receive the specially designed Founding Member’s lapel pin representing all of our Armed Forces. Please send your tax deductible gift to AFMAC, P.O. Box 1191, Matthews, NC 28106.
If you have questions or comments, or would like to schedule a presentation for your post or organization, please visit our Web site at www.visitafmac.org.
Prepared by: Kathleen Wilsbach, Media Director
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