Kids Invited to Compete in “Winged Warriors” LEGO Contest

Children can compete in a LEGO brick-building contest to be held at the Marshall Museum on July 25 from 12:30 to 3:30 pm.

The theme for the contest is “Winged Warriors,” and all entries must have some type of wings included. Prizes will be awarded, and each entry will be judged. Judging in two age groups—8-12 and 13-17—will begin at 3:30 pm. Rules and requirements (parents must accompany, for instance) are posted on the Marshall Foundation web site.

To register, parents must notify Kathryn Garvin at the Marshall Foundation by calling (540) 463-7103, ext. 124, or registering online. Space is extremely limited. Early registration is encouraged.

Entries will be original creations, and kits or projects found online may not be used. All assembly will be done on site. Those who seek inspiration may find it by inspecting a Desert Hawk drone that was flown in Afghanistan that will be on loan from aerospace pioneer Lockheed Martin Corp. and displayed in the Museum lobby.

Entrants may choose to leave their creations at the Museum for others to see and to be voted a People’s Choice Award through Sept. 26.

Museum guests will be able to see new exhibition, “The Art of War,” that features examples of conventional weapons as well as examples of “paper bullets,” which are posters, leaflets, brochures, film and editorial cartoons that were used to influence public opinion during WWI and WWII.

General George C. Marshall was constantly seeking to sway public opinion. For example he enlisted the services of five of the top Hollywood film directors to produce “troop information films” for soldiers and, later, civilians. The most famous of these, Frank Capra’s “Why We Fight” series, can be seen in the exhibition space. Two original prints by famous artist Thomas Hart Benton are must-see items.

This event is a part of the new “Weapons” of War sequence of the Marshall Legacy Series and is being presented in partnership with Virginia Military Institute.

The George C. Marshall Legacy Series interprets General Marshall’s legacy through a multi-year series of events and programs centered on key themes, events or episodes from General Marshall’s career.