Provided by National Museum of the Marine Corps
The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation broke ground for the Semper Fidelis Memorial Park expansion on Sept. 21. The 23.3-acre Semper Fidelis Memorial Park currently features 40 memorials, more than a mile of trails and overlooks the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Unique among outdoor museum spaces in the Washington, D.C. area, the Semper Fidelis Memorial Park stands as a bastion of remembrance and reflection.
Once completed, the expansion will have space for 22 memorials, including two grand memorials that are upwards of 1200 sq. ft, with a focus on honoring modern-day Marines. Two other vital elements are the benches spaced out for quiet reflection and the Memorial Pavilion, which provides a view of the museum and creates an additional site for peaceful contemplation, similar to the Semper Fidelis Memorial Chapel.
Other features of the park expansion include:
- A Marine medium girder bridge, a lightweight, man-portable bridge that a handful of Marines can assemble
- Space for over 10,000 new commemorative bricks (more information on the bricks can be found here),
- Half a mile of new trail
- A new footbridge
“I am proud to have broken ground for the Semper Fidelis Memorial Park expansion. It brings with it the opportunity to further honor the Marines of today and create a special place for visitors to become more aware of Marine Corps history and the sacrifices made to protect our nation’s freedom. This comes as the museum’s makes great strides in completing its final phase, which spotlights Marine Corps history from 1976 to the present day” said Major General Lukeman, president and CEO of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation.
Consigli Construction Co., Inc., a leading construction manager in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, was selected to build the improvements, in part due to their deep understanding of the Marine Corps. Saman Ali, who worked with the Marine Corps 34th Marine Expeditionary Unit as an interpreter in Iraq alongside Colonel Brooks, is honored to be the project manager overseeing the construction.
“Consigli is thrilled to partner with the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation on the Semper Fidelis Memorial Park expansion and to deliver a project dedicated to the service of our armed forces. I too have a deep personal connection with the passing of my grandfather in 2021. Richard R. Brault served courageously with 10th Marine Regiment (Artillery), 2nd Marine Division, in the battles of Saipan, Tinian, and Okinawa. He was a proud Marine and veteran. I am proud to honor him with this memorial park expansion.” Said Phil Brault, Consigli, Director of Operations, DC.