UPDATE – 10 March 2022
The signed contract with the State of North Carolina means that we are building Carolina Museum of the Marine | Al Gray Civic Institute in Onslow County, NC.
As we move into the construction phase, we continue developing the curriculum of the Institute, designed to inspire principled, committed citizens. With these courses comes a better understanding and appreciation of why our nation’s military are willing to risk their lives to protect our way of life.
Courses under development include:
The Museum will feature the many firsts and innovations of Carolina Marines and Sailors whose service to the nation exemplifies civic commitment in action.
Expeditionary Warfare and Amphibious Operations, Carolina MAGTF (Marine Air Ground Task Force), Development of Maneuver Warfare Philosophy, Montford Point Marines, Women Marines, MV-22 Osprey, Military Working Dogs, Wounded Warrior Barracks…
Since WWII, Carolina Marines and Sailors have demonstrated the utmost commitment to protecting and defending our nation, our Constitution, our people, and our way of life.
Thanks to our Phase I donors, Reflection and Celebration Park is completed and is an integral component of Lejeune Memorial Gardens.
Byrd Family Foundation Patriots Walkway and our famous Eagle, Globe and Anchor statue, lead to the planned site of the 40,000 square foot Museum | Institute. Tribute bricks and benches line the walkway. Reflection and Celebration Park, opened in May 2016, continues to be a preferred location for military promotion and retirement ceremonies, weddings, and social gatherings as well as a place for reflection and appreciation for our military.
The site for Phase II is cleared. The in-ground infrastructure is in place. The architectural and engineering plans are complete.
Other generous donors have joined in bringing Al Gray Civic Institute to reality. The Institute has debuted “Critical Thinking for Civic Engagement” at Swansboro High School and Marine Corps Base Camp Johnson.
Total cost of Phase I: $8.5M
Thank you to our generous Phase I Donors!
Phase I: Reflection and Celebration Park: Byrd Family Foundation, City of Jacksonville, State of North Carolina, County of Onslow, Byrd Family Foundation, Coastal Enterprises, Cannon Foundation, Elijah Morton Trucking, Jacksonville Fire Station I, Military Order of the Purple Heart Beirut Chapter 642, Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial, Private Donors, Board of Directors and Staff Members.
Phase II: Launching of the Construction Phase and Debut of Al Gray Civic Institute: Byrd Family Foundation, Sack Family Foundation, Anonymous Trust, Wells Fargo
Invite your friends and family to join us as we preserve the legacy of the Carolina MAGTF and the principles of our founding fathers.
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