March 3, 2016
A Congressional resolution introduced by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) designates the museum and library of the George C. Marshall Foundation in Lexington, VA, as the “National George C. Marshall Museum and Library” in recognition of the organization’s unique focus on documenting and commemorating the long career in public service and significant accomplishments of George C. Marshall.
The resolution was supported by the entire Virginia delegation.
“We seek this designation now to complement our decades-long scholarly Marshall Papers project resulting in the seven-volum, annotated, published papers of George C. Marshall with the transition to a more popular orientation as expressed recently with the introduction of our Marshall Legacy Series of exhibitions, speakers and programs to ensure that General Marshall remains in the public consciousness,” said Dr. Rob Haver, Marshall Foundation President.
General Marshall’s career touched nearly every major event of the first half of the 20th century. He began service in the U.S. Army soon after graduating Virginia Military Institute in 1901 and rose to become the Army Chief of Staff during World War II when he advised president and foreign leaders and helped to shape the strategy that eventually led to Allied victory. Following World War II he served as Secretary of State and engineered the economic recovery of Europe through the economic assistance program known as the Marshall Plan. He served as Secretary of Defense at the beginning of the Korean War and retired from that post in 1951 to conclude a life in public service that lasted more than 50 years.