ONE OF A KIND AT THE NEW JERSEY VIETNAM VETERANS’ MEMORIAL FOUNDATION: MEDAL OF HONOR EXHIBITION HONORS NEW JERSEY HEROES
OUR NEWEST EXHIBITION, ABOVE & BEYOND: THE MEDAL OF HONOR, IS NOW OPEN: The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation Museum welcomes visitors to its newest exhibition with a special focus on the eight men from New Jersey that were awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions during the Vietnam War.
Holmdel, NJ (April 15, 2019) – Above & Beyond: The History of the Medal of Honor explores the history of the most prestigious military decoration awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces. The medal is awarded to those who distinguish themselves through conspicuous gallantry above and beyond the call of duty. There have only been 3,506 recipients of the Medal of Honor since the award was created by President Abraham Lincoln in 1861.
The exhibition features a timeline that chronicles the history of the award from its inception during the Civil War to our modern era, inviting visitors to discover why the award was created and how it has changed over time. The timeline also features the selected stories of ten individuals that were awarded the Medal of Honor, including the first, the youngest, and the only woman.
The main focus of the exhibition is on the eight men from New Jersey that were awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions in Vietnam. Six of these eight men were killed in action, and their names are inscribed on the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial. Greg Waters, Curator of the exhibition, has mounted an extremely personal tribute to these eight New Jersey heroes, assisted in large part by the relationships he built with their families while creating the exhibition.
Of special note is that the museum has five of these eight Medals of Honor on display as part of this new exhibition. This is the first time that the medals awarded to these New Jersey heroes have been displayed together. They represent a year-long effort by Waters, who worked with the families of these men to get permission to borrow the medals for the eight-month exhibition.
In fact, no other museum in the world currently has this many Medals of Honor on display.
In addition to the Medal of Honor timeline, the five medals, and panels with the deeply moving and personal stories of those who earned them, the exhibition also includes a digital kiosk, on loan from the National Liberty Museum, which stands in the center of the exhibition. The kiosk gives museum visitors access to facts and figures important to understanding the legacy of the Medal of Honor. It’s also a portal to listen to oral histories and view hundreds of biographies of other recipients from all over the country.
The NJVVMF Museum is open to the public every Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m., except when noted. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Veterans, active military personnel and children under 12 are admitted for free.
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ABOUT THE NEW JERSEY VIETNAM VETERANS’ MEMORIAL FOUNDATION
Since 1995, the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial has provided a place to remember and honor the 1,563 New Jerseyans who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War. Each year the Foundation welcomes thousands of visitors and guests to dozens of ceremonies, educational and outreach programs. The adjacent Vietnam Era Museum is the only museum of its kind in the country.
The Foundation operates and manages the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and the adjacent Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center located at 1 Memorial Lane off Exit 116 (PNC Bank Arts Center) in Holmdel, NJ.
The Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center is the first and only educational center and museum of its kind in the United States. Dedicated in September 1998, the Museum is devoted solely to gaining an understanding of the conflict in Southeast Asia and the surrounding political strife in America.
For Museum hours and directions, visit njvvmf.org. The Memorial is open 24 hours, seven days a week.