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Lewis Army Museum

Museum to offer free family events

Northwest Guardian

Published: 02:20PM May 31st, 2018
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Northwest Guardian/2017

Visitors pass through the Fort Lewis Remembers video display at the Lewis Army Museum on Lewis North in 2017.

Fort Lewis Museum schedule of events

Here’s a list of upcoming free events at the Lewis Army Museum:

Army Birthday Event, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Family Day Event, July 21

Vietnam 50th Anniversary Commemoration, Aug. 11

Family Day Event, Aug. 18

Family Day Event, Sept. 15

For more information, visit facebook.com/lewisarmymuseum or call 253-967-7206.

The American Army has been around since June 14, 1775, but at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the Army’s roots go back just over one century.

The Lewis Army Museum will celebrate the Army birthday with a free event June 16 to kick off its summer of free family activities at the museum.

Erik Flint, Lewis Army Museum director, said the event is a way to celebrate the Army, check out museum exhibits and eat some Army birthday cake.

“It should be a lot of fun and a great way to celebrate the Army’s birthday,” Flint said. “We wanted to do something that’s fun for the whole family.”

The Army birthday sometimes gets lumped in with the celebration of Flag Day — also June 14 — so this is a way to honor the Army in a different way, he said. In addition to touring the museum and enjoying refreshments, visitors also can enjoy activities for the children.

The event is open to the public. The museum’s public parking access gate will be open that day and also at upcoming summer museum events.

There are several Saturday museum family events planned throughout the summer, such as the Vietnam 50th Anniversary Commemoration Aug. 11.

Flint said several Vietnam veterans will be on hand at that event to provide oral histories. There also will be displays of uniforms, equipment and vehicles.

“That’s our really big summer event; all the rest of the events will be leading up to that one,” he said.

A new gallery at the museum — the Hall of Valor — also is expected to open in time for the Vietnam event, Flint said.

That gallery has been a while in the works and involves service members who have served at JBLM.

“We’re really looking forward to the summer events,” Flint said. “It’s a great way to invite people to the museum and showcase all we have here.”

The Lewis Army Museum is located at 4320 Main St. and Constitution Drive on Lewis North.