HIGHLIGHT – CELEBRATING AND HONORING 400 YEARS OF AMERICAN MILITARY FAMILY HISTORY -THAT’S THE MISSION BEHIND THE MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN MILITARY FAMILY & LEARNING CENTER. IT PROVIDES A PLACE FOR THOSE WHO’VE SERVED -AND THE FAMILIES THAT SUPPORT THEM- TO REFLECT, TO SHARE AND TO HONOR… JOINING US NOW IS ALLEN DALE OLSON, BOARD MEMBER FOR THE MUSEUM SO WHY ESTABLISH A MUSEUM FOR THE MILITARY FAMILIES? IT’S MORE THAN A MUSEUM, IT’S ALSO A LEARNING CENTER… WHAT OF WHAT THE MOTHERS AND FATHERS AND SONS AND DAUGHTERS HAVE DONE. WE HAVE A SPLENDID EXHIBIT TELLING WHAT IT IS LIKE TO BE A KID GROWING UP IN MILITARY INSTALLATIONS. ONE OF OUR PERMANENT EXHIBITS TELLS THE HISTORY OF THESE SCHOOLS ON DOD INSTALLATIONS AROUND THE WORLD LIST OF THE AVERAGE MILITARY KID GOES TO FIVE OR SIX DIFFERENT SCHOOLS ON THEIR WAY TO GRADUATION. THAT IS SOMETHING A LOT OF PEOPLE IN NEW MEXICO CAN RELATE TO. MY FAMILY IS HERE BECAUSE MY MOM WAS A MILITARY BRAT. YOU HAVE A FEW EVENTS COMING UP THAT YOU ARE PARTICIPATING IN. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ONES WE ARE INVOLVED WITH IS SETTING UP A MEMORIAL TO THE MILITARY FAMILIES. WE ARE VERY HAPPY TO DO IT. WE HAD A GRANT FROM THE KERR FOUNDATION TO ACQUIRE A BUILDING, WHICH WE HAVE DONE, WE BOUGHT THE BUILDING, AND WITH DONATED FUNDS FROM VETERAN-RELATED GROUPS LIKE THE VFW, AMERICAN LEGION, AND THE ELKS, WE HAVE BEEN PUTTING IT TOGETHER. IT WILL BE PUT IN PLACE SOMETIME IN THE NEXT TWO OR THREE WEEKS ON THE GROUND OF THE NATIONAL GUARD MUSEUM IN SANTA FE. WE WILL BE TRANSFORMING IT INTO WHAT WE CALL A STATIC DISPLAY. PEOPLE WILL NOT GO INTO THE HOUSE, BUT WE WILL HAVE WINDOWS THAT OPEN INTO DISPLAYS SHOWING WHAT EACH ASPECT OF THE MILITARY FAMILY MEMBER LIFE IS LIKE. WE HOPE TO GET THAT REALLY OPEN AND READY FOR THE VIEWING BY THE MIDDLE OF NEXT MONTH. IT IS ONE OF OUR BIG ACHIEVEMENTS RIGHT NOW AND WE HAVE DONE IT ALL THROUGH JUST PLEADING AND BEGGING AND WORKING WITH PEOPLE. IF SOMEONE WAS STILL IN MORE ABOUT THE MUSEUM AND WHAT TO DONATE, FIND OUT MORE, WHERE DO WE GO? WITH A BEAUTIFUL WEBSITE THAT INCLUDES PODCASTS AND BLOGS AND ALL KINDS OF STORIES RELATED TO FAMILY MILITARY LIFE. MILITARYFA MILYMUSEUM.ORG. THANK YOU AND YOUR DOTTED FOR MAKING THIS HAPPEN FOR OUR MILITARY FAMILIES. CAN I CALL ATTENTION TO ONE MORE? GI JOKES. YOU WILL OPEN NOVEMBER 5. IS A COLLECTION OF CARTOONS AND ANECDOTES THAT HAVE COME OUT OF COMBAT, MILITARY MISSIONS. SOME OF THE HUMOROUS EXPRESSIONS THAT WE USE IN EVERYDAY LIFE DEPICTING THE LIVES OF THE SAD SACK BEETLE BAILEY, THINGS LIKE THAT. WE WILL HAVE INFORMATION ON FOXNEWMEXICO.COM.