STARTING MEMORIAL DAY 2014 – A TIME TO HONOR THE FAMILIES OF MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS IN A SPECIAL EXHIBITION

 Presented by the Museum of the American Military Family, “Sacrifice & Service: The American Military Family” opens on May 26 in the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History on Eubank Boulevard SE in Albuquerque. This special exhibit will celebrate America’s rich military history through the voices of the mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, husbands and wives, and grandparents of those who have worn our nation’s uniform.

Artifacts and documents, photos and letters, along with interactive activities will call attention to the unique challenges and achievements of the unsung heroes behind those who fight our wars and protect our shores. Visitors will see what it’s like to relocate or change schools or change jobs every couple of years. They will experience the Pride, the Identity, and the Reunion of military families and witness the emotions associated with Loss, Deployment and Redeployment, Coming Home, and everything that affects the “Home Front.”

The exhibition will show how families deal with injury, disability, PTSD, and the strains of separation and communicating over vast distances. It depicts a kitchen scene, a shipping crate, a school in a foreign land, and the ubiquitous footlocker, all symbols of military life.

During the three-month run, the exhibition will be supplemented by film programs, book readings, family activities, and educational programs.

“Sacrifice & Service” is sponsored by Lockheed Martin/Sandia National Laboratories, Raytheon, Bernalillo County, Elks Lodge #2500, and Marriott Residence Inn. The Nuclear Museum is open seven days a week. The exhibit ends August 31st.

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