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National Guard Memorial PHOTOS BY PAUL GILLIS Inside the A pictorial look at the building in Washington, D.C., that is both NGAUS headquarters and a monument to every Guardsman 20 NATIONAL GUARD November 2013 | www . ngaus . org
Inside the National Guard Memorial
A pictorial look at the building in Washington, D.C., that is both NGAUS headquarters and a monument to every Guardsman<br /> <br /> STARTING STRONG<br /> A colonial minuteman greets visitors in the building’s grand opening foyer. The original work by renowned sculptor EvAngelos Frudakis differs from all earlier minuteman statues in that the left hand is off the plowshare (inset), signifying the shift from citizen to soldier. The Tennessee pink marble throughout the foyer and was repurposed from the original memorial that stood on the same property from 1959 to 1989.<br /> <br /> BOARD ROOM<br /> The Montgomery Room holds meetings of the NGAUS board of directors. It’s named after Rep. G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery of Mississippi, who became known as Mr. National Guard for his support of the Guard during his 15 terms (1967-1996) in Congress. He was also a major general in the Mississippi Army National Guard.<br /> <br /> HISTORY TOLD<br /> The 9/11 Era Gallery (above) is the latest addition to the National Guard Memorial Museum, the only national museum dedicated to the Guard. The adjacent research library features more than 6,000 military titles and hundreds of historic Guard documents. The National Guard Educational Foundation operates both facilities.<br /> <br /> A PLACE FOR HEROES<br /> The Medal of Honor Gallery includes a display case with different versions of the nation’s highest award for valor and a wall with the names of the 126 recipients who served in the National Guard.<br /> <br /> HIGH-PROFILE VENUE<br /> The Walsh-Reckord Hall of States has hosted U.S. presidents, members of Congress and state/territory associations. It’s named after two Guard stalwarts of the mid-20th century: Maj. Gen. Ellard A. Walsh of Minnesota and Maj. Gen. Milton A. Reckord of Maryland.<br /> <br /> HEADS OF STATE<br /> Twenty former members of the militia or National Guard went on to become president. Many are immortalized on the balcony overlooking the opening foyer, including Abraham Lincoln (inset left) and James Buchanan (right). Each bust was produced via funds raised by the state Guard association of that president’s home state.