Most country’s histories are, to a significant extent, defined by war and in that regard the history of their military is an integral part of the nations story. On two recent trips we’ve taken the time to visit some remarkable museums. Both are incredible facilities that don’t just recount history but do it in a thoroughly engaging way.
Just this week on our return from our Blue Ridge Mountain exploration we spent the night in Fayetteville, North Carolina and took a couple of hours to visit the U.S. Army Airborne & Special Operations Museum at Fort Bragg – 100 Bragg Blvd, Fayetteville, NC 28301 (910 643-2778).
This fascinating museum tells the story of the various Army specialized warfare elements and the battles they were involved in. The exhibits cover the birth of Army Airborne, Rangers and Special Forces from World War II to the War On Terror. There are detailed exhibits on the key people involved in planning, creation and deployment of Army Special Operations forces along with large displays of men and equipment in the field.
Not long ago we also visited The National Infantry Museum at Ft. Benning, Georgia – 1775 Legacy Way, Columbus, Georgia 31903 (706 685 5800)
Very similar in size and scope to the Ft. Bragg museum, the infantry museum looks at the Army’s infantry divisions, the leaders and soldiers and their stories throughout America’s history.
There are lessons being told in these buildings that every American should be exposed to and best of all these museums are free.
PLEASE NOTE: The Army Special Operations Museum is currently open but the Infantry Museum is closed because of the COVID-19.