The exhibit dedicated to American military service and sacrifice that started in Belgium is taking another step toward final display in Aggieland.
Tomorrow (August 17), the Texas Aggies Go To War exhibit opens in Texas A&M's Stark Galleries, which are in the Memorial Student Center. It's a fitting stop on the exhibit's journey: inside the building that serves as a tribute to Aggies who have given their lives for America, many in World War II in the fight against Nazi Germany.
You may remember my trip to Bastogne, Belgium to cover the original display of the exhibit, which highlights service in World War II before, during and after the Battle of the Bulge in part through five brave Aggies, two of whom gave their lives in combat. If you haven't seen it or you'd like to again, you're welcome to watch my recap of the opening and an explanation of the exhibit here.
Yesterday, local media members turned out to Stark to see the preparations for the exhibit's opening. It will feature many of the parts of what first went on display in Europe in late 2014, and is also a preview of what's to come for the exhibit.
Last week, College Station's city council approved a ground lease in Veterans Park & Athletic Complex. That 0.625 acres of land will eventually be the home of the two-story, 20,000 square foot Military Heritage Museum. A non-profit group known as From Bastogne to Texas, Inc. is currently working to raise the funds for the construction. The center will serve as the home for an expanded version of Texas Aggies Go To War, along with additional permanent exhibits, room for traveling exhibits, and space for meetings and conferences. What's planned for the building will showcase the service of Aggies -- the five showcased in Texas Aggies Go To War and many more -- Brazos Valley veterans and those from across the state and nation.
Hopefully, you'll take some time to check out the exhibit in Stark. It's on display through December 16, 2017. For more on the mission of From Bastogne to Texas, Inc., the history of the exhibit and the plans for the Military Heritage Center, check out the non-profit's website.
COVERAGE OF THE SET-UP IN STARK:
The Eagle's Photo Gallery