As our nation continues to serve as a beacon of hope to peoples around the world, for which we honor our men and women in uniform, we too often fail to recognize the personal sacrifices they – and their families – undergo while fulfilling their missions.
Beginning in 1776, American mothers, wives, and sisters watched and supported their fathers, husbands, and brothers as they went off to war. In modern times, military service has become inclusive of men and women, widening the spectrum of family involvement and sacrifice. Military leaders tell us over and over that combat missions could not succeed without the support and strength of the family members behind their soldiers.
That’s why we need and want to tell the story of the American Military Family. We want to inspire young people to learn about and uphold the ideals of national service and to inform the general public of the cost and sacrifices our military families experience as part of our national security.
Our modest beginning was as a virtual museum; we now have a place to which you can come, do research, meditate, and learn. We collect, preserve interpret, and share the life stories of the people and families who have stood behind their soldiers in both peace and war throughout our nation’s history. We host and manage Operation Footlocker ™.This is the official news site for the Museum of the American Military Family.
WHAT YOU CAN DO…
… You can tell us your stories or blogs – of heroism, of compassion, of hardship, of humorous times, of tragic times, of special thoughts and experiences in your life as a member of a military family. We have several WordPress Blogs:
“Passports and Pedagogy” , “We Served Too”, “Letters Home”, “New Mexicans Remember WWII” and “Americans Remember Vietnam”
… You can send us photos, letters, documents related to your family members– past and present– who have worn our nation’s uniform.
… You can identify people we can interview or refer to concerning resources or personal experiences about military family life.
… You can inform your local school staff or historical society both of our need for material and our availability as a resource for information about military families.
… And of course, you can donate to our Museum to help us move this project into a permanent facility as a continuing tribute to our military families. We are an incorporated not-for-profit organization, located in Tijeras, NM.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Our Website is: http://militaryfamilymuseum.org
Our mailing address:
PO Box 5085
Albuquerque, NM 87185-5085