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American Wartime Museum to break ground in Va.

Monday - 10/24/2011, 5:24am  ET

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The American Wartime Museum will feature a Sherman tank, among its exhibits. (Photo courtesy American Wartime Museum)

Kathy Stewart, wtop.com

WASHINGTON - This week, a new national museum will come another step closer to opening its doors in the D.C. region.

On Wednesday morning, a groundbreaking ceremony is being held in Dale City for the American Wartime Museum.

Craig Stewart, museum president and CEO, says what will be unique about the museum is that much of the visitors' experiences will be outdoors.

"We'll build individual campuses, 3 to 5 acres, for each of the major conflicts of the 21st century," Stewart says. "So that when visitors come they can walk through authentic warfront scenes."

He says visitors will see demonstrations and re-enactments, and perhaps even take part in a re-enactment.

Stewart says there will be plenty of hardware on hand at the new museum, like a Sherman tank.

"All of these armored vehicles are operational. It's not like they will just be parked there," he says.

Visitors will be seeing anks in demonstrations and re-enactments that will bring the history alive, Stewart says.

The museum is scheduled to open on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2014.

Below is a video about the American Wartime Museum

American Wartime Museum Introduction from Cavendo Corporation on Vimeo.

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