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April is the Month of the Military Child

Purple Up with the Virginia War Memorial There are more than 1.6 million children of military service members in the United States. Overall, military kids lead a very different lifestyle from those born into civilian homes. Their world revolves around the culture of the military, the constant cycle of movement, …

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Preserving Oral Histories with New Technology

As the Virginia War Memorial Foundation reflects on the work accomplished in 2022, one notable project remains top of mind: preserving and sharing veteran histories. For more than a decade, the Memorial has collected veteran oral histories, mainly from World War II veterans and their surviving family members. These interviews, …

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The Devil Dogs and their Bulldogs

An English bulldog has represented the Marines since 1922. During World War I, German reports often called the attacking Marines “teufel hunden,” or devil dogs, a name that the Marines began to embrace. Following World War I, a Marine recruiting poster featured a bulldog in a U.S. Marine helmet chasing …

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The Kennedy Assassination: 58 Years Later

Among the Virginia War Memorial’s collections are hundreds of letters donated either to the war memorial itself or that historians on our staff have collected themselves over the years. Most of the time, these letters are discussions between service members and their loved ones about the more mundane aspects of …

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Every Veteran Has A Story

Every veteran has a story. No matter when they served, where they served, or how long they served, every story has value. This is the driving belief behind the Virginia War Memorial’s Oral History Project. Our goal is simple and straightforward: collect and preserve the story of Virginia’s veterans in …

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Virginia War Memorials marks milestones for Shrine of Memory, Might Pen Project

In case you missed it, NBC’s Channel 12 About Town featured the Virginia War Memorial and our Foundation program, the Mighty Pen Project in an article over the weekend: https://www.nbc12.com/2021/02/27/virginia-war-memorials-marks-milestones-shrine-memory-might-pen-project/ By Hannah Eason | February 27, 2021 at 5:08 PM EST  RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – March 1 marks two important milestones for the Virginia …

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Remembering V-J Day 75 Years Later

On September 2, Imperial Japan signed surrender documents aboard the USS, putting an end to World War II. President Truman declared that September 2 was officially V-J Day, or Victory over Japan Day. News of Japan’s surrender, however, reached both American troops and the American public several weeks earlier. On …

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