"To Honor Veterans, Preserve History, Educate Youth, & Instill Patriotism in All"
In 2010, through a public-private partnership, the Paul and Phyllis Galanti Education Center at the Virginia War Memorial was built. This 18,000 square foot center, adjacent to the Shrine of Memory, was built to enhance the educational and outreach missions of the Foundation. Visitation has increased by 500%, in no small part due to our documentary film series, exhibits, artifacts, and nearly 50 educational and patriotic programs held every year.
The goals of the Virginia War Memorial Foundation (VWMF) are as stated in the mission statement. We strive to sustain a living Memorial that honors our veterans through preserving their stories and passing them forward to future generations. A strong focus is placed on connecting students and teachers to the people and events that have influenced the course of history. Virginia’s rich history provides the ultimate platform to share the sacrifices our fellow citizens have made on our behalf. By inspiring a passion for history in our youth and their educators, we can continue to pass these stories forward for years to come.
As the victory parades faded and our veterans came back home from World War II, talk of a fitting memorial to our Virginia heroes and their sacrifice, bravery, and service swept the Commonwealth. The General Assembly of Virginia first authorized the Memorial in 1950. Before the Memorial planning was complete, the United States found itself again plunged into war. After the Korean Cease-fire in 1953, plans were changed to include the Korean War with World War II. Construction was completed in 1955, and the Memorial was dedicated February 29, 1956.
Over 12,000 Virginian heroes are now honored in the Memorial's Shrines. Those who died during the Vietnam War were added in 1982 and the fallen from Desert Storm were added in 1996. The names of Virginians who has been lost since 2001 in the ongoing Global War on Terrorism are honored in a temporary indoor Shrine until construction is completed to expand the outdoor Shrine.
All Virginians can take pride in the Virginia War Memorial. No other state has a Memorial of this size and scope and provides such a comprehensive educational program for its citizens and visitors.
The basic mission of the Memorial is to Honor Veterans, Preserve History, Educate Youth, and Inspire Patriotism in All. We believe that the most effective way to honor our fallen heroes is to pass on their stories of service and sacrifice to today's generation and to generations to come. Our most important message is that the freedom we so often take for granted comes at a price: Freedom is Never Free.
The Virginians at War film series uses personal stories to teach history and inspire patriotism. With over 1,100 veterans from VA interviewed, it has become the centerpiece of our educational initiatives. The films create an extensive primary source for the research of individuals’ stories, experiences, and perceptions of historical events.
Each film combines interviews of those who participated in the same historic event or battle together and adds period film, photographs, maps, and music to tell the who, what, when, and where of the event. In 2004, the first six completed film segments, accompanied with Department of Education approved lesson plans correlating the films to the Virginia SOL's, were distributed to 1,600 schools in VA at no charge to the schools or to the taxpayer.
Since that distribution, 13 additional films have been produced.
Teachers report that the film medium resonates with the students since their lives revolve so much around the stimuli of technology.
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