Exhibits & Events
The Museum of the American Military Family in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is hosting an exhibit coming in Memorial Day 2014…Here’s what it’s all about:
THE MILITARY FAMILY – Never far from the Trenches, the Foxholes, the Landing Barges, the Anti-Aircraft Rounds, the Torpedoes, the Depth Charges, IEDs, and RPGs.
This exhibit calls attention to the role of the American military family in the wars of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Public awareness of these wars tends to be limited to progress reports from the front lines and the valor of those manning those lines. The challenges and special needs of the spouses, children, parents, and grandparents of our warriors go largely unnoticed.
The Museum of the American Military Family calls attention to the role of military families in our national defense. At the beginning of the last century and through World War I, less than one percent of all Americans was in the military. By the height of World War II, over nine percent of all Americans were under arms. Today, during our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, less than one-half of one percent of Americans serve in the military. That means that the vast majority of our citizens has no direct contact with a military member or the family of a military member.
Most of us are unaware of the frequent disruptions of home, work, school, circles of friends, and civic and church memberships of military families. Most of us do not know the hardships of lengthy separations or the impact on family life when a loved one comes home in need of intense physical care or is suffering from the psychological disorders caused by the horrors of warfare.
A central mission of the Museum of the American Military Family is to show appreciation for the family members who also serve and to encourage them to understand their impact on history.
This exhibit addresses the unsung heroism of all military families throughout history, but especially those of our more recent wars: World War II; Korea; Vietnam; the Gulf War; and Post 9-11 Iraq and Afghanistan .