On this Veteran’s Day, we honor those who served and are currently serving our country with a look at three of the best Military related museums in the country. Come with Island Trader Vacations as we take a closer look at the National Air and Space Museum, the USS Arizona Memorial and the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay, three of the best.
National Air and Space Museum – Washington D.C.
Part of the Smithsonian Complex in Washington DC the National Air and Space Museum housed the worlds largest and most significant collection of aviation and space artifacts. Not limited to military history, this popular museum also offers thousands of artifacts related to the space program and planetary science. The museum is made up of two locations and presents programs, activities, performances and lectures which relate directly to this part of our nation’s history.
The National Air and Space Museum’s mission is to commemorate the national development of aviation and space flight and educate the nation by preserving and displaying artifacts, developing education programs and conducting research. First established in 1876, the museum now welcomes over 8 million people each year, making it the most visited museum complex in the country.
USS Arizona Memorial – Honolulu, Hawaii
Perhaps one of the starkest examples of our military history, the USS Arizona Memorial is part of the WWII Valor in the Pacific National Historic Monument and serves as a memorial to the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941, which marked the beginning of our joining WWII. Sunk during the attack, the memorial is the resting place of the 1,102 soldiers who were still onboard when she sunk that fateful day.
Visited by more than a million people annually, it represents the most popular attraction of the Hawaiian Islands today. The memorial includes historic information about the attack. In addition, the rest of the park includes other sites including the Punchbowl National Cemetery, the USS Missouri, the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center and the USS Bowfin as well as other historic sites.
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay – Corpus Christi
Last but not least is the USS Lexington. Arrived at Corpus Christi in 1992, the USS Lexington was the oldest working carrier in the US Navy when she was decommissioned in 1991. A WWII Vintage Essex Class aircraft carrier, the Lexington serves today as a museum honoring the nation. The goals of this popular museum are to improve the quality of life of the community, preserve the ship for future generations, educate visitors about history and instill pride for our country. A completely self sufficient museum, the USS Lexington has never received any funds from local state or federal government agencies. Visitors have the opportunity to explore many parts of this massive ship and learn more in a theater located in the bow of the ship, a flight simulator and even a virtual battle station.
On this day, honor the Veterans in your life by letting them know you appreciate their commitment to our freedoms.