The National Museum of Patriotism
National Museum of Patriotism
A wide-ranging film with a roller coaster of emotion sets the stage for exploring the meaning of patriotism. The show contrasts images and film footage of Americans celebrating patriotism in their own backyard; July 4th parades; flag burnings and anti-American demonstrations. These images are followed by sights such as Jesse Owens dashing to victory in the 1936 Berlin Olympics and panoramic views of the American west.
Examine the history and meaning of the historic symbols and traditions of America. The symbols appear in the form of sculptures and are accompanied by an audio tour of the significance of each. Among the pieces featured are: Statue of Liberty; Uncle Sam; Mount Rushmore; the Flag; Great Seal of the United States; Liberty Bell; Eagle; Spirit of 1776; the Capital; Washington Monument; and Lincoln Memorial.
The Immigrant Experience is a work in progress that highlights the contributions of immigrants to the strength and diversity of this nation. Be inspired by the stories of their sacrifice and success! The exhibit will also soon offer visitors the chance to take the official U.S. Citizenship test and see how their knowledge of American history ranks with that of our nation's newest patriots.
Recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor and Presidential Medal of Freedom are honored in the Hall of Patriots. The hall includes photographs of a few dozen winners, and statues of the four Georgians who have earned such honors - President Jimmy Carter, Civil Rights champion Martin Luther King Jr., General Ray Davis, and Private First Class Desmond Doss. While Carter and King are household names, the other two may not be: Doss was a conscientious objector initially disparaged by his Army colleagues in World War II. He went on to save the lives of approximately 75 men (he humbly said 50, other observers counted 100) on May 5, 1945 by lowering injured soldiers down a 400-foot cliff while under enemy attack. Meanwhile, Davis's distinguished 33-year career in the U.S. Marines was highlighted by the fact he overcame his slight frame (120 pounds) to play vital roles in Korea and Vietnam. In later years, he also served the National Museum of Patriotism as a beloved member of its board of directors.
A replica of the Liberty Bell was used at the museum's opening ceremonies on July 4, 2004. A volunteer rang the bell 13 times in honor of America's original colonies. Visitors continue to ring it on a daily basis today.
The history and contributions of each branch of the military service can be viewed and experienced through interactive touch screens. The story of the United Service Organization is featured in this short video that explores the many aspects of its efforts to support military personnel and their families.
A new, expanded tribute to the events of Sept. 11, 2001 opened on 9/11 of 2004. Pause and reflect on the memory of all who perished on that fateful day. This exhibit includes a multimedia presentation featuring the famed "One" poem by Texas professor Cheryl Sawyer, and a wall with the names of the some 3,000 people who lost their lives in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington.
The General Davis Memorial honors Gen. Ray Davis, who dedicated his life to defending this country.
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