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Army Heritage Center Foundation to Host Army Birthday Commemoration Dinner

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To celebrate the Army’s 242nd Birthday, the Army Heritage Center Foundation will host Central Pennsylvania’s fifth annual Army Birthday Dinner at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center on June 3, 2017 beginning at 6:00 p.m.  The event allows the region to honor the U.S. Army, its Soldiers and Veterans, and their families.

The highlight of this year’s event includes a special program to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of the U.S. Army Military History Institute (MHI), the predecessor of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.  Dr. Richard Sommers, a renowned Civil War Historian and longtime MHI historian will highlight the Institute’s legacy. The evening will also include a cake cutting and dinner, along with recognizing Soldiers and Veterans in attendance.

For years, in major cities across the country, private organizations across the Nation have celebrated the Army’s birthday.  However, celebrations in Central Pennsylvania have been modest.  “The development of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center provides us a perfect venue to celebrate the Army birthday“ said MG Robert Scales, Chair of the Army Heritage Center Foundation.  “We hope that, with the Army War College still in session, our large local retiree population and the presence of many Soldiers currently serving in the Pennsylvania National Guard and Army Reserves that we can sponsor an event which highlights their and the Army’s service to the Nation.”

Mike Perry, Executive Director of the Foundation, stated that “The Army Heritage Center Foundation is pleased to host the Army’s Birthday event in the Visitor and Education Center to better showcase this outstanding facility, dedicated to the Army and its Soldiers, to the Foundation’s membership and the public.”

Event Sponsors include BAE Systems, M&T Bank, Bimbo Bakeries, and Gannett Fleming, Inc.

For detailed information about the dinner, event sponsorship opportunities, or to rsvp, please contact the Foundation Offices at (717) 258-1102 or



About the Foundation and U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center


The Military Heritage Foundation, doing business as the Army Heritage Center Foundation, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that, through donated support, is funding the construction of the public components of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) — the Visitor and Education Center (VEC) and the Army Heritage Center.  As the phased construction program is completed, the Foundation transfers these facilities to the Army to operate, staff, and maintain, as part of USAHEC. The Foundation will then focus on “margin of excellence support” to meet the needs of educational programs and other activities at USAHEC where federal funds are inadequate or unavailable. 

The Foundation completed Phase One of the Visitor and Education Center in 2010.   This project provided the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center campus its first major gallery and multipurpose rooms to host educational programs and special events. In 2013, the Foundation funded infrastructure improvements to include parking and storm water management systems to support future construction.  The Foundation completed a 7,500 expansion of the Visitor and Education Center in September 2016 that added an additional gallery, a multipurpose room to meet growing demand for program space, and enhanced seating for the cafe.

The Foundation will continue to seek grants and donations to complete the Visitor and Education Center and the Army Heritage Center and to create an endowment to sustain and enhance educational programs. The Foundation’s education program includes management of the National History Day in Pennsylvania competition and workshops and seminars that complement USAHEC’s programs and exhibits.  

The Foundation also supports and enhances USAHEC’s public outreach by supporting marketing initiatives and serving as a public advocate of the Center’s mission and programs.

USAHEC is dedicated to honoring the men and women who have served this nation as Soldiers and preserving their legacy through the acquisition of their letters, diaries, photos, and artifacts that document their service.  USAHEC also educates a broad audience on the heritage of the Army by making its collections available to the public in the Ridgway Hall research room, through exhibits on the USAHEC campus, and through special programs.   A Smithsonian Affiliate, USAHEC is a component of the Army War College.  Since 2004 when the facility opened to the public, more than 1.3 million have visited.  Learn more about USAHEC at





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