- Posted by Johanna on September 8, 2011 at 4:23 pm
- Category: Comic News
The National Army Museum is scheduled to open in 2015 in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, a half-hour from Washington, D.C. As with any museum, their goal is educational and persuasive. They aim:
to honor America’s Soldiers, preserve the history of America’s oldest military branch, and educate all Americans about the Army’s role in our nation’s development.
The coin mentioned in the strip is one of the 2011 Army Commemorative Coins issued by the U.S. Mint. A portion of the sales of these collectibles goes to the Army Historical Foundation to support construction of the museum.
Artist Mort Walker served in the Army during World War II, and his support of the military has earned him the Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service, the highest award a civilian can receive.
The Army is the only service branch without its own museum, which surprised me. I’d think they’d be the first. Also interesting, from the press release, that made me aware of this, is that Beetle Bailey is stated as appearing in over 1,800 newspapers. That explains why so many legacy strips are still running; no new comic will ever build up that kind of clientele.