Monday, April 6, 2015

George C. Marshall Museum–Field Trip

As we began to wrap up our World War II unit study, we took a road trip to the VMI campus in Lexington, Virginia to visit the George C. Marshall Museum.

Marshall’s military experience and leadership was fundamental in the outcome of World War II.   His ability as a military leader earned this Five Star General many honors and awards, including the Congressional Gold Medal.

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The museum shows snippets of Marshall’s life from childhood, training at VMI and after, followed by his World War I involvement.  However, the majority of the museum focuses on his accomplishments of  WW2 and beyond.

Below is Marshall’s desk/chair set up as he used it while in his role as commander.

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After retiring from the military, Marshall served as both ambassador and envoy to foreign countries, and served as the head of the Red Cross.

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George C. Marshall was truly a remarkable soldier, leader and patriot.   This museum not only shows his abilities, but also his humility in serving for the sake of serving, not for recognition.

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While I did take lots more photos, I won’t bore you with them all.   I will show one final photo.   This wall sized narrated map goes from the beginning of the war through the end, high lighting the Axis occupied/controlled areas, the Allies and the shifts of boundaries as the war raged on.   VERY interesting.

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2 comments:

  1. Thanks for such a lovely review of our museum! We are so glad you decided to highlight the accomplishments of Marshall during your homeschool studies!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! What a surprise! The museum is lovely, and the staff there are incredibly pleasant and accomodating.

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