The design is still under development and isn't planned on being constructed until late 2019, early 2020. A 'monument pedestal' committee is currently being organized by LtCol (Ret.) Todd "Friday" Caruso to determine the text and imagery that will be etched on the pedestal. The pedestal will be trapezoidal black granite, about 3 feet tall, and approximately 15'Lx 10' W. The monument will sit outside on the NNAM campus, with easy access to the museum buildings. Please CONTACT US if you would like to be considered for the Pedestal Design Committee.
After exploring various locations including: Semper Fidelis Memorial Park- USMC Museum Quantico, VA; Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, FL; Flying Leathernecks Museum, Miramar, CA; and Carolina Museum of the Marine, Jacksonville, NC the Board of Directors selected the National Naval Aviation Museum as the final location. Much consideration was given to: cost, museum visitation, area attractions, popularity, facilities and ammenities, VMAQ related displays, and many others. We desire that our monument can be seen by as many visitors in the best location available on our timeline.
Our EIN was issued to us by the IRS in May 2018; however, to be recognized as fully tax exempt and to accept tax-deductible donations, the IRS must first approve our organization. We have filed the required IRS paperwork (Form 1023) and are waiting for approval, which typically takes 2-12 months. You may still donate to us now and claim the deduction once we are approved. If deducting your donations is important to you, contact us to learn how to make a tax-deductible 'restricted donation' for our project via our partners at Naval Aviation Museum Foundation. Click here for a bit more information about our current status with the IRS.