Where’s the Military’s Museum?
Ralph Peters observes,
Today, the Newseum – a 250,000-square-foot homage to journalism that cost $450 million to build – opens on Pennsylvania Avenue, midway between the White House and the Capitol.
What’s wrong with this picture?
Other than the (symbolic?) fact that the building’s an architectural mishmash, it’s this: There’s no museum in the vicinity of the National Mall dedicated to our military.
My immediate reaction was, What the heck is he talking about? (Or words to that effect.) After all, the Mall is home to a massive World War Two Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and myriad statues and tributes to America’s fighting men. And Arlington National Cemetery and other memorials are within a short ride on the Metro.
It’s true, though, that there’s no single museum dedicated to the military. On the other hand, there’s a International Spy Museum, which like the Newseum is privately financed, which has plenty of references to military intelligence. And many of the Smithsonian Museums have tributes to the military and military men and women: The National Air and Space Museum and its Udvar-Hazy annex, the National Museum of American History, and the National Portrait Gallery come most readily to mind in that regard. DC is also home to the Navy Museum, although it’s way out at the Navy Yard.
Do we really need more than that?