The National Museum of the United States Army Brick Program is off to a strong start with over $300,000 in sales in the first few months, strengthening the personal connection between Museum supporters and the stories of the American Soldier.
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 (AHF) in mid-March to help launch the commemorative brick program that will pave the way to Army history along the Path of Remembrance.
During his visit, Mantegna commented, “I may be an actor by trade, but I’m here today because veterans, the military, the Army, and the National Army Museum are my passion.” Mantegna’s uncle, William Novelli, is a World War II veteran and his service is honored on one of the first Army Museum bricks. Mantegna received a replica of his uncle’s brick which he said he will be honored to present to his uncle as a gift in recognition of his service and for him to display in support of the National Army Museum.
The commemorative bricks will line the Path of Remembrance leading to the Museum’s main entrance, offering Museum supporters and the general public an opportunity to ensure the special Soldiers in their lives are honored through a lasting tribute on Museum grounds.
“Museum supporters have been asking for commemorative bricks, and now that the time has arrived, their response has been outstanding,” remarked Kerri Kline, Director of Donor Initiatives and Museum Relations. “We have received a wide cross section of orders honoring Soldiers, young and old, with uniquely personal inscriptions.”
Kline added that in addition to honoring individual Soldiers, the bricks can be inscribed with specific Army units, unit mottos, in memoriam tributes, and the names of Army families, Department of the Army civilians, and Museum and Army supporters.
The bricks are made of high-quality Mesabi black granite and are available in 4” x 8” and 8” x 8” sizes. Early purchasers will be given prime placement along the Path of Remembrance. Full-size and miniature brick replicas, complete with a “National Museum of the United States Army” brass plaque, also are available for personal display.
For more information on the Army Museum Brick Program, visit www.armyhistory.org/bricks or call 855-ARMY-BRX.