FORT BELVOIR, Va. — Have you heard about the Registry of the American Soldier? The Army Historical Foundation (AHF), which is leading the campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army, created the Registry to serve as a digital archive of the personal stories of Soldiers past and present. The Registry is currently available on the Foundation’s
website, and once the National Museum of the United States Army opens to the public, the entire collection will be forever preserved and accessible by visitors via electronic kiosks. For no cost, you canregister your own service, that of a loved one, or even a Soldier from history whose service you admire. When creating a registry entry, you can include as much information about a Soldier’s service as desired, including pictures!
Jerry Hansen, a long-time supporter of the Museum and AHF, has found the Registry to be a fascinating resource for learning more Soldiers’ stories and the inspiration for his newest hobby as he now adds his own entries to the database. He explained, “I’ve often visited the Registry website online and entered the name of a famous Soldier or someone with whom I served. If their name does not show up in the Registry, I feel an urge to complete a record on their behalf.”
The Registry recognizes the service of ALL Soldiers throughout U.S. Army history, ensuring that those lesser-known stories will also be preserved for future generations. Currently, Mr. Hansen is working to document as many of the junior Soldiers and NCOs with whom he served. He continued, “Researching their stories has created a great opportunity to contact these individuals after many years, tell them how much I appreciate their service, and ask if I may document their story.”
While many of us are staying home and relying more and more on digital resources, now is a great time to contribute YOUR family’s stories to this invaluable compendium of selfless service and personal sacrifice.
In addition to the Registry of the American Soldier, there is a Registry of the Army Community and a Registry for Animals in Service to the Army. The Foundation also offers the Army community and proud Americans the opportunity to order personalized commemorative bricks to be laid on the grounds of the Museum, and Unit tributes that will line the main walkway to the Museum’s entrance. Visit armyhistory.org to become a permanent part of the Museum today!