Joe Mantegna, star of CBS’ Criminal Minds and spokesperson for the Capital Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army, visited The Army Historical Foundation in Arlington, Va. today to help launch the Foundation’s Army Commemorative Brick Program.
Mantegna ordered a commemorative brick to honor the Army service of his 90-year-old uncle, William Novelli of Chicago, a sergeant in Patton’s 3rd US Army who was wounded during the Battle of the Bulge. Novelli’s commemorative brick will be embedded in the Path of Remembrance leading to the entrance of the National Army Museum to be built at Fort Belvoir, Va..
Mantegna was also updated on campaign progress and lunched with retired Army Chiefs of Staff, Generals Gordon R. Sullivan, Dennis J. Reimer, and George W. Casey, Jr.; AHF President General William Hartzog (USA-Ret.); AHF Executive Director BG Creighton W. Abrams, Jr. (USA-Ret.); and Campaign Executive Director MG John P. Herrling (USA-Ret.).