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Army Heritage Center Foundation to Host Army Birthday Commemoration Dinner

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To celebrate the Army’s 243rd Birthday, the Army Heritage Center Foundation will host Central Pennsylvania’s sixth annual Army Birthday Dinner at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center on June 2, 2018 beginning at 6:00 p.m.  The event allows the region to honor the U.S. Army, its Soldiers, Veterans, and their families.

The highlight of this year’s event includes a swearing in ceremony of new Army volunteers and our guest speaker, General Frederick Franks, Jr., USA Retired. General Franks is the former commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command and commanded the VII Corps during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

For years, in major cities across the country, private organizations 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 for a large turnout since the Army War College is still in session, and the presence of a large local retiree population and many Soldiers currently serving in the Pennsylvania National Guard and the Army Reserves.  We also hope for a good turnout from our local communities for this event which highlights the Army’s service to the Nation.”

Event Sponsors include BAE Systems, M&T Bank, F&M Trust, and Gannett Fleming.

For detailed information about the dinner, event sponsorship opportunities, or to RSVP, please contact the Foundation Offices at (717) 258-1102 or info@armyheritage.org. 

 

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 now known as the Hall of the American Soldier, which added a new 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 1.5 million have visited.  Learn more about USAHEC at www.usahec.org.

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