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Contact: 1LT Vincent Solomeno, (732) 974-5966
National Guard Militia Museum Opens September 11 Exhibit
SEA GIRT, N.J. – The National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey will open an exhibit recalling the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and chronicling the New Jersey National Guard’s response. “September 11: The New Jersey National Guard Response” opens September 6 and runs through October 3 at the main museum in Sea Girt and the museum’s annex in Lawrenceville.
“Within moments of the first plane striking the World Trade Center, elements of the New Jersey National Guard were mobilized in support of security and recovery operations,” said First Lieutenant Vincent Solomeno, Historian of the New Jersey National Guard and the museum’s curator. “Ten years on, our state’s citizen soldiers remain engaged in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other locations worldwide. This is our effort to commemorate that service.”
Established in 1980, the National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey presents the role of the New Jersey Militia and the National Guard within the context of the larger history of the state. Collections include original and reproduction uniforms, weapons, photographs, artifacts and art from the period of Dutch, Swedish and British colonization through the War for Independence, Civil War and World Wars I and II to the present day, with particular attention paid to the diversity of the New Jersey citizen soldier and his or her experience.