Over 8,000 commemorative bricks have been installed along the Path of Remembrance at The National Museum of the United States Army Museum. Now, the brick program has reached an exciting new milestone! The 10,000th brick was recently purchased by Sergeant First Class Don Francisco (USA-Ret.), a life member of the Army Historical Foundation (AHF).
He has purchased a number of bricks to honor his own Army service as well as the dedication of his family to his service. He explained that his main reason for purchasing the bricks is to “show gratitude, respect and honor for my faith, family and fellow Soldiers.”
When asked why the National Army Museum was important to him, Francisco explained, “The Museum is an important project because it will educate, inspire, encourage, and even entertain visitors.” He continued, “It will help bridge the Army and civilian communities together all the more. It will enhance the purpose of the Army, not only in war, but also in peace.”
Francisco served in the Army for over thirty years with the 3rd Infantry Regiment, the Old Fife and Guard Drum Corps. A talented flutist, he has performed at a number of Association of the United States Army (AUSA) and AHF events.
As a member of AHF’s The 1814 Society, Francisco has been on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum during construction. He noted the tour only made him more excited for the Museum to open in June. In particular, he is excited to see the bricks lining the Museum’s Path of Remembrance because they “honor Soldiers, families and units….those with us and also the fallen who are with us in spirit.”
Is there a Soldier or loved one in your life you would like to honor at the Museum with a commemorative brick? You can still purchase your brick today that will be placed on the Museum grounds. For more information, visit armyhistory.org/bricks or call 855-ARMY-BRX.