BAE Systems will donate $2 million to the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation to boost its efforts to bring new galleries to the National Museum of the Marine Corps.
BAE Systems’ donation will play a significant role in the creation of the Current Era Gallery. The Current Era Gallery will tell the story of the Marines since Vietnam, and feature combat art and photography, simulation, audio-visual presentations, as well as historical artifacts.
Lt. Gen. Ron Christmas, president and CEO of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, will formally announce the donation and honor BAE Systems at the foundation’s annual Semper Fidelis Luncheon on Nov. 10, 2010. Retired Marine Corps Gen. Anthony C. Zinni, chairman of the board of directors of BAE Systems Inc., will be the guest of honor and present the donation to the foundation.
Retired Gen. Anthony C. Zinni, USMC, said BAE Systems are proud to support a gallery portraying the entire timeline of Marine history. The gallery is vital in helping Marines and civilians alike understand the corps’ unique challenges and provide perspective and understanding to Marines in the future.
“The Current Era Gallery will provide an opportunity for all visitors to learn about and appreciate the more recent history of America’s elite fighting force,” he said.