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A Special Exhibition Honoring the American Military Family

May 23, 2014

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, in partnership with the Museum of the American Military Family, will host “Sacrifice & Service: The American Military Family,” a special exhibition that celebrates America’s rich military history through the voices of its military families past and present. This exhibit will open on Memorial Day, May 26, 2014.

Through written word and interactive activities, visitors will experience the joy, the sorrow and the sacrifice of America’s steadfast and unsung heroes, the military family. Housing sentimental elements ranging from dog tags and footlockers overflowing with military memorabilia, to hundreds of family photographs and an actual classroom setting emulating education abroad, this temporary exhibit will evoke reflection and pride in our service members and their brave families.

“The strength, courage and commitment portrayed by all American military families is fascinating and inspirational,” Jim Walther, Museum Director. “We are honored to host an exhibit that will resonate with many and is sure to paint a vivid picture of the stresses and excitement associated with having a service person in one’s family.”  

“Sacrifice & Service: The American Military Family” will show the dynamic and resilience of the military family as they face the stress of regular relocation to new homes, the sorrow and deep sadness that comes with the loss of a family member and the overall pride and honor of supporting a loved one who is serving our nation.

Sponsors for this special exhibit include Lockheed Martin/Sandia National Laboratories, Raytheon, Bernalillo County, Elks Lodge #2500 and Marriott Residence Inn. The exhibit will be on display at the Museum through August 31, 2014.

In conjunction with “Sacrifice & Service,” additional family events and educational activities will be announced to take place while the special exhibition is on display at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. Visit for event dates and times.

“Sacrifice & Service: The American Military Family” is included in the price of admission to the Museum; $8 for adults and $7 for youth and seniors.

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