In a previous episodes we announced that the United States Marine Corps (USMC) plans to permanently close the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum on March 31, 2021. In today’s podcast we give you an update on efforts to save the museum.
The response from our world-wide community has been overwhelming and truly gratifying.
The Foundation has been hearing from members of Congress, expressing a spirit of bi-partisan support for the museum’s preservation. Thousands of you have signed petitions asking senior military leaders to reconsider the decision to close the museum. Several hundred of you took the time to share moving stories about what the museum means to you and your family. You can read some of those stories here.
The staff and volunteers at the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation have cared for and nurtured the museum for the past 21 years. We are continuing to make every effort to negotiate with senior Marine Corps leaders to develop a viable and sustainable alternative to closure.
We expect a final decision on the future of the museum in the next few days.
No matter what the decision, the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation will continue its important work of preserving and sharing the legacy of USMC aviation with programs including our in-person and remote pilot visits to classrooms, annual essay and art contests, podcasts, documenting of veteran oral histories and the Marine spouse recognition program.
We will continue to update you with news through this podcast, on our website and with emailed notices.
Again, thank you for the overwhelming support you have given to our efforts to keep the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum open for future generations.