The National Veterans Memorial and Museum began with a vision from the late Senator John Glenn (1921-2016), Colonel, USMC (Retired), who understood the pressing need to carefully preserve not only the names, dates, and battles but the intimate memories, personal belongings and painful losses of our nation's veterans. His vision is now the guiding principle for the institution he inspired.
These four foundational pillars are to:
- Honor Americans’ contributions to our country through military service
- Connect civilians with veterans and their experience
- Inspire visitors to serve their community and nation as active engaged citizens
- Educate schoolchildren about the history and value of service