Virginia Chosen For New U.S. Army Museum

Saturday, Jun 18, 2011  |  Updated 8:28 AM EDT
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Virginia Chosen For New U.S. Army Museum

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U.S. soldiers lead captured Viet Cong guerillas onto an army helicopter, which sits in a flooded rice field during the Vietnam War. The prisoners sit handcuffed in the water. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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Virginia has been chosen as the home of the National Museum of the U.S. Army.

The Army said Friday that the museum will be located at the North Post of Fort Belvoir.

The museum is scheduled to open in June 2013. Among other things, it will include a museum with exhibit halls, a theater and a veterans' hall. The museum's construction will be funded privately through the Army Historical Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the Army's heritage.      

This will be the second national military museum in Virginia. The Marine Corps Museum is located at Marine Base Quantico in Prince William County.
 

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