The exhibit designer, Ralph Appelbaum Associates, is working to create an exhibition that presents a narrative journey evoking the core themes and stories of the veteran experience. The interpretive framework for the exhibits is based on four central pillars: Honor, Connect, Inspire, and Educate. It will honor the historical and contemporary examples of veterans’ stories. Rather than focusing exclusively on war, combat, or the military, this exhibition narrative explores the transformative experience of military service while connecting it to the broader idea of public and community service. Further, it hopes to stimulate an ongoing dialogue in an effort to increase connections between civilians and veterans.
To accomplish these goals, the exhibition features a set of Thematic Alcoves evoking the emotions and challenges of those who have served the nation and a dimensional Timeline telling a chronological story of the major events and people who have shaped our military history. Additional emphasis is being placed on developing links between exhibition content and educational curriculum so that the National Veterans Memorial and Museum may be used by educators as a tool to bring content to life both on site and remotely via distance learning modules.
Please visit the Gallery on our website to see our renderings collection.