Virginia War Memorial
Dedicated in 1956, the Virginia War Memorial was originally designed to honor those Virginians who sacrificed their lives in battle since the beginning of World War II. The engraved glass and stone walls of the Memorial's Shrine of Memory now honors 11,638 Virginia heroes from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm. For more information, visit www.vawarmemorial.org.
The Paul and Phyllis Galanti Education Center at the Virginia War Memorial, a major addition designed by Glavé & Holmes Architecture, was completed in 2010. The Center added 18,000 square feet of education, exhibition, program, and administrative space to accommodate the more than 20,000 tourists who visit the Memorial each year.
1717 Design Group was selected to plan and design permanent and changing interpretive exhibits throughout the building paying tribute to Virginia's soldiers who fought in all American Wars from the American Revolution to the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Furniture‐grade display cases around the main gallery showcase the evolution of weapons from the primitive flintlocks of the Revolutionary War to the modern automatic rifles of the Gulf Wars. Centrally located are eight large diorama cases featuring life‐cast soldier figures in full battle dress. Their stories of eternal vigilance are brought to life through compelling narratives and supporting images.