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National Veterans Memorial and Museum

National Veterans Memorial and Museum - Virtual Tour

National Veterans Memorial and Museum – Virtual Tour

The National Veterans Memorial and Museum is the United States’ national museum for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. The museum is focused on the personal stories of U.S. veterans.

The museum focuses on the stories of veterans and individuals with the mission to:

“honor, inspire, connect, and educate.”

The museum houses personal artifacts such as footlockers, military ribbons, and the letters that service men and women sent home.

Exhibits include stories from veterans dating from the American Revolutionary War up to recent conflicts. It intends to educate civilians about the diverse backgrounds veterans have and their roles in the military.

The site was originally home to the Franklin County Veterans Memorial, which originally opened in 1955.  The new institution received support from former Senator and World War II veteran John Glenn.

National Veterans Memorial and Museum - Virtual Tour

It was designated as the National Veterans Memorial and Museum by the United States Congress in 2018. The museum was the 20th museum to receive national museum status.

The Memorial Grove is a 2.5-acre (1.0 ha) park that opened alongside the museum and features a path circling a 325-foot wall of stacked rocks and waterfalls. The wall reads

“E pluribus unum.” 

E pluribus unum

E pluribus unum is Latin for “Out of many, one” also translated as “One out of many” and is a traditional motto of the United States, appearing on the Great Seal. Its inclusion on the seal was approved by an Act of Congress in 1782.

While its status as the national motto was for many years unofficial, “E pluribus Unum” was still considered the de facto motto of the United States from its early history.

Later, the United States Congress passed an act adopting “In God We Trust” as the official motto in 1956.

National Veterans Memorial and Museum - Virtual Tour

“E pluribus Unum” included in the Great Seal of the United States

“E pluribus Unum” was included in the Great Seal of the United States, because it was one of the nation’s mottos at the time of the seal’s creation.

The meaning originates from the concept that out of the union of the original Thirteen Colonies emerged a new single nation.

It is emblazoned across the scroll and clenched in the eagle’s beak on the Great Seal of the United States.

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National Veterans Memorial and Museum

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National Veterans Memorial and Museum

National Veterans Memorial and Museum

National Veterans Memorial and Museum

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“One out of Many”
– Motto on the Great Seal of the United States

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