Grassroots Spotlight: James Oliveri

Our Grassroots Volunteer Program continues to gain new and enthused volunteers. This issue, we highlight James Oliveri of Melville, NY, who has been a volunteer for the Army Historical Foundation (AHF) spreading news and updates about the National Museum of the United States Army (NMUSA) since September 2016. He explained, “It is important for me to see this Museum built not only because the Army is the only one of our military services that does not have a national museum, but because the actions of men and women who served should never be forgotten.”

Having been involved in the World War II Living History Association for over ten years, Oliveri considers spreading information and news about the Museum to this community as a “no brainer.” At the Old Bethpage Village Restoration World War II Encampment weekend in the spring of 2017, Oliveri set up a tent featuring Museum information and takeaways. He recalled, “I was able to engage some of the thousands of visitors who have an interest in our military history. I handed out hundreds of Museum brochures, commemorative brick forms, and pins.”

Oliveri also has a Facebook page, WW2 Legacy Keepers, which he uses to promote Museum news online. “Being a part of the Grassroots Volunteer Program has been great for me because opportunities to spread the word already existed. I had a pre-established audience eager to learn more about this great project.”

A number of Oliveri’s family members have served in the Army; he explained that he “kept the Army tradition going” by joining the Army Reserve as a military policemen after high school. He concluded, “I enjoy being involved with this project because I know, once it is completed, this magnificent Museum will be a lasting tribute to the men and women of the U.S. Army—past, present, and future.”

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