The Family Gallery
When discussing the service of the American soldier, people often neglect to mention the immense sacrifice of their families at home. When the National Infantry Foundation was making plans for the museum and talking to people about what it should include, the need for a gallery dedicated to families became a top priority.
The Family Gallery, also located in the Grand Hall, pays homage to the children, spouses, parents, and loved ones who provide the mission-critical support network for our fighting force.
The gallery explores communication over the decades, how staying in touch with a loved one during a time of separation is one of the greatest challenges of military life. It also takes a look at the special challenges the children of military families face, including coping with frequent moves and a parent’s absence. It also celebrates the unique advantages to being a military child, like the opportunities to travel and meet all kinds of people.
Children are especially fond of a special corner in the gallery created just for them. The child-sized space features a miniature Bradley Fighting Vehicle turret and stories about the positive things U.S. Infantrymen do for children around the world. Kids can try on real uniforms, including an actual Drill Sergeant’s campaign hat and boots.