Founders Plaza serves as a dramatic entryway to the Museum and an inspiring setting for reflection during your visit, with a colonnade of flags honoring every US service branch and thought-provoking monuments honoring World War II and those committed to preserving its story.
Located on the west side of Solomon Victory Theater, the Founders Wall tells the story of how the Museum began, in the words of Stephen Ambrose, PhD, and Gordon H. "Nick" Mueller, PhD.
ATLANTIC WALL AND BOMB SHELTERS
Sections of Hitler's Atlantic Wall and German sentry bomb shelters stand guard beside Campaigns of Courage: European and Pacific Theaters.
HONORING SERVICE AND SACRIFICE MAJOR DONOR WALL
The Major Donor Wall, located at the northeast corner of Campaigns of Courage, houses brushed aluminum plaques filled with the names of our most generous donors. Five levels of donations are represented on the wall.
SERVICE FLAGS AND US FLAG
Six service flags of the US armed forces fly along Andrew Higgins Drive, along with an 80-foot-high American flag.
FDR TRIBUTE BENCH
A life-size bronze statue of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt anchors a bench bearing his own inspirational words. The statue, created by the prestigious StudioEIS, will later be joined by other bench-and-statue pairings of iconic men and women of World War II.
To Judy Clement, the mother of two Marines, and to the mothers of all Marines
US Army Air Force Flag
Mrs. Suzanne B. Bissell
Honoring Major Jack R. Bissell & the B-24 Liberator crews of the 460th Bomb Group, 15th Air Force, USAAF
Donald C. North, Jr. USCG
Elsie North Konrad US Red Cross
Stewart North US Army
William S. North USMC (KIA February 1945)
Owen North US Army