Marine Museum's Semper Fidelis Memorial Park set to expand

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An artist rendering of the planned expansion of Semper Fidelis Memorial Park at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Virginia. Photo credit Marine Corps Heritage Foundation

Semper Fidelis Memorial Park at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Virginia is set to expand.

The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation broke ground for the expansion on Sept. 21.

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“I am proud to have broken ground for the Semper Fidelis Memorial Park expansion. It brings with it the opportunity to further honor the Marines of today and create a special place for visitors to become more aware of Marine Corps history and the sacrifices made to protect our nation's freedom,” said retired Maj. Gen. James Lukeman, president and CEO of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation.

Once completed, the expansion will allow space for an additional 22 memorials at the park, including two grand memorials that are upwards of 1,200 square feet, with a focus on honoring modern-day Marines.  The 23.3-acre Semper Fidelis Memorial Park currently features 40 memorials, more than a mile of trails and overlooks the National Museum of the Marine Corps.

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Officials broke ground on the planned expansion of Semper Fidelis Memorial Park at the National Museum of the Marine Corps during a ceremony Sept. 21, 2022 in Triangle, Virginia. Photo credit Marine Corps Heritage Foundation

Other features of the park expansion include:

·    A Marine medium girder bridge, a lightweight, man-portable bridge that a handful of Marines can assemble

·    Space for over 10,000 new commemorative bricks

·    Half a mile of new trail

· A new footbridge

Consigli Construction Co., Inc. was selected to build the improvements, in part due to their deep understanding of the Marine Corps. Saman Ali, who worked with the Marine Corps 34th Marine Expeditionary Unit as an interpreter, is the project manager overseeing the construction.

“Consigli is thrilled to partner with the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation on the Semper Fidelis Memorial Park expansion and to deliver a project dedicated to the service of our armed forces,” said Phil Brault, Consigli director of operations, D.C. “I too have a deep personal connection with the passing of my grandfather in 2021. Richard R. Brault served courageously with 10th Marine Regiment (Artillery), 2nd Marine Division, in the battles of Saipan, Tinian, and Okinawa. He was a proud Marine and veteran. I am proud to honor him with this memorial park expansion.”

Lukeman said the park expansion comes as the museum makes great strides in completing its final phase, which spotlights Marine Corps history from 1976 to the present day.

“One day this park will hold even more stories of our Marines, ensuring all chapters of our past, present, and future are not forgotten and included here at the National Museum of the Marine Corps and Marine Corps Heritage Center,” he added.

To learn more about the National Museum of the Marine Corps visit here.

Reach Julia LeDoux at Julia@connectingvets.com.