By Ashley Barker
Published April 14, 2014
Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum is planning to expand its Vietnam Naval Support Base exhibit this year.
To honor the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, Patriots Point is going to renovate the exhibit to include new artifacts, aircraft and interactive components, according to a news release. The expansion will include foxholes, sounds of commanding officers and illusions of complete seclusion.
|Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum is adding new artifacts, aircraft and interactive components to its Vietnam Naval Support Base exhibit. (Sketch provided by Patriots Point)|
“There are currently about 2 million Vietnam War veterans. The Vietnam experience exhibit expansion will provide them a place to visit and reconnect in a way that is not available elsewhere,” Executive Director Mac Burdette said in a statement. “These renovations will also help us educate our visitors on this war and to understand why it was such a game changer in our nation’s past.”
Patriots Point has also been named a commemorative partner of the Department of Defense for the war’s 50th anniversary. As a partner, Patriots Point will host events highlighting the service of veterans throughout the year.
The USS Yorktown will host a symposium called Prisoners of War during Vietnam at 6:30 p.m., Thursday. Best-selling author Alvin Townley will tell the story of the Alcatraz 11 and their families. Admission is free to the public, but parking fees still apply.
Patriots Point will also house the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Wall, Oct. 9-12.
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