50th Anniversary of the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 7:13 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 31 at 1:00 PM

NORFOLK -- April 11, 2014 will mark 50 years since more than 10,000 people attended the internment for General Douglas MacArthur in downtown Norfolk.

He died April 4, 1964, so to mark the occasion, staff on the morning of April 4 will unveil for the first time personal mementos not seen since General MacArthur’s death 50 years ago. 

The memorial also has completed a new display of the general's iconic hat, sunglasses and corncob pipe.  The change improves the public’s experience while protecting and preserving these iconic personal belongings.

“The MacArthur Memorial is a public face of Norfolk to this region, the nation, and the world,” said Chris Kolakowski, MacArthur Memorial Director. 

“These three items are national treasures, and irreplaceable,” added Charlie Knight, the MacArthur Memorial’s Curator. “This new display helps their long-term preservation, while also presenting them in an engaging manner.”

The MacArthur Memorial was founded in 1964 as a museum and archive dedicated to the life and times of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, who is buried in the Memorial’s rotunda with his wife.

The City of Norfolk operates the Memorial in close partnership with the nonprofit General Douglas MacArthur Foundation. It averages over 40,000 visitors per year and is open free of charge

April 4: General MacArthur's Mementos Unveiled:
The wedding rings belonging to Jean MacArthur, the doctor’s notes detailing MacArthur’s last full day, the original letters discussing the creating of a memorial and more.
10:30 a.m. at the MacArthur Memorial Rotunda  

Learn more about Gen. MacArthur on the MacArthur Memorial Web site.

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