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New Wartime Museum will aim to educate, honor

Sunday - 8/21/2011, 9:07pm  ET

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Reenactors play the roles of a World War II medic and wounded soldier at the museum's open house. (WTOP/Kathy Stewart)
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Kathy Stewart, wtop.com

WASHINGTON - Even though the walls aren't up yet on a new local museum, about 7,000 people got a sneak peek of what it's all about this weekend.

The American Wartime Museum held an open house at Aden Field -- or the "Tank Farm" -- in Nokesville, Va. Saturday and Sunday.

Craig Stewart, the museum's president and CEO, says the event featured as many as 50 tanks and other armored vehicles on display, as well as a Huey helicopter and a flame-thrower demonstration.

"We do demonstrations and re-enactments during the day," Stewart says.

Stewart says the vehicles are part of a larger collection of military vehicles that date back to World War I and are owned by the museum's chairman, Allan Cors.

Stewart believes it's the third-largest private collection of armored vehicles in the world.

The open house event gave visitors an insider's look into what the new American Wartime Museum has to offer. Stewart says the actual museum is expected to open on Veteran's Day in 2014. It'll be located in Prince William County on about 70 acres of land right off of Interstate 95 and Dale Boulevard.

Stewart says the museum is about keeping history alive, but more importantly, it's to educate young people about "the values that made our country great: service and sacrifice, duty and honor.

"And those will underline everything we do at the museum," he says.

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