The 9/11 Era Gallery
The National Guard Memorial Museum is proud to open the new 9/11 Era Gallery, a permanent exhibit highlighting the National Guard's significant transformation since September 11, 2001. The artifacts and images in this gallery celebrate the core concept of the citizen-soldier and recognize the Guard as an essential force at home and abroad.
Every artifact highlights the uniqueness and value of the National Guard.
Uniforms worn by soldiers and airmen who served in Iraq and Afghanistan emphasize the Guard's role as a key operational force in the war on terrorism. Artifacts from Ground Zero and Hurricane Katrina represent the extensive domestic response capabilities of Guard units in every state and territory.
Other objects acquired by Agricultural Development Teams and State Partnership Program participants underscore the indispensable role of Guardsmen as international peacekeepers.
A central element of the new exhibit is the figure of a Guardsmen flanked by two glass towers and outfitted with equipment donated by Guard units from both New York and Washington, D.C. The statue, posed above steel fragments of the World Trade Center, is a tribute to the brave men and women who serve and protect the country as members of the nation's oldest military institution.
Only a few steps away, the exhibit's memorial wall displays the names of 763 Guardsmen who have fallen in support of the war on terrorism, including those who were lost during the attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center. These two memorial elements honor the courage and dedication of today's citizen-soldiers and airmen.
Past news coverage of the gallery:
Ribbon Cutting Opens New 9/11 Era Gallery :: taken from Nov. 20, 2012 edition of Washington Report
Another Chapter :: A preview of the gallery taken from the August 2011 issue of NATIONAL GUARD magazine
Reception Previews 9/11 Era Museum Gallery :: taken from Dec. 20, 2011 edition of Washington Report, the NGAUS weekly e-newsletter