Over 200 organizations have contributed to the Veterans’ Hall Program since it was announced in March 2012, and many have reached the first tier of sponsorship ensuring their organizations will be included on the Veterans’ Hall Donor Wall as a permanent tribute to their members.
The National Museum of the United States Army Veterans’ Hall will provide a unique setting to honor the service and sacrifice of America’s veterans. Museum planners have designed this multi-purpose space for veterans to host reunions, meetings, dinners, and official functions in a patriotic atmosphere.
The Hall will also showcase artwork, artifacts, the interactive Registry of the American Soldier, and will host a variety of educational outreach initiatives including presentations, demonstrations, and lecture series.
“The Veterans’ Hall is an element that is unique to the National Army Museum and will set our Museum apart from the other national service museums,” said Richard Couture, Deputy Executive Director for Donor Marketing, “also, it’s a wonderful way for individual posts and smaller veterans’ groups to connect with a space within the Museum designed specifically for them.”
For a starting sponsorship level of $2,500, veterans groups and other groups that support the U.S. Army will have their name displayed on the Veterans’ Hall Donor Wall and be recognized in a special book published after the dedication ceremony. Groups will also receive an official campaign banner and certificate to display. Additional benefits, such as exclusive invitations and an opportunity to host an event in the Veterans’ Hall, are associated with higher giving levels.
According to Beth Schultz, Director of Grassroots Development, the program has been well received. “I’ve spoken with several Museum supporters who are pleased to learn they can send contributions in the name of their group and work toward their goal over time.”
Schultz added it’s nice to hear the enthusiasm from Museum supporters like Don VanRenterghem of the Korean War Veterans Association-Ohio. VanReterghem emphasized in a recent phone call, “we are a unique group of Veterans, from a unique war, and we need to be represented on that wall.”
“The Veterans’ Hall Program is the perfect way for such a group to be honored at the National Army Museum,” concluded Schultz.