The educational center at the Virginia War Memorial, just 1/2 mile from Richmond’s premier gourmet bed and breakfast, will open in September. The center is named for Phyllis and Paul Galanti, a Richmond duo. Paul Galanti was a Vietnam POW who was imprisoned for 6 years and 8 months, returning to freedom and the US in 1973. During Paul’s imprisonment, Phyllis worked tirelessly to attempt to gain fair treatment for her husband and other POW’s and for their safe return. The new education center will house a 200-seat auditorium, a 75-seat auditorium, a research library, 800-seat amphitheater, 200-seat classroom, gift shop and conference room. The original 1956-dedicated War Memorial is being preserved, including the Shrine of Memory, which holds the names of 11,638 Virginians killed in action since World War II. New features will include a documentary series, “Virginians at War,” which includes a segment where artificial snow in the auditorium will bring the harsh winters of the Korean War to life for visitors, as well as other exhibits. The center will open September 17, 2010.
Make sure your Fall visit to Richmond includes a stop at this Richmond memorial. There is much to see and do in Richmond and the Richmond area, so set aside some time, choose your guest room, make a reservation now to enjoy Richmond’s treasures and our historic Fan district bed and breakfast.