President Donald Trump signed legislation Tuesday that would designate a site on the Virginia Military Institute's campus as the National George C. Marshall Museum and Library.
Rep. Ben Cline, R-Rockbridge County, introduced the resolution last month to officially designate the museum in Lexington, and language similar to his legislation was included in a package of bills Trump signed this week.
“In Virginia, we remember George C. Marshall as a remarkable leader and public servant as well as a graduate of one of the country’s most storied military schools,” Cline said in a statement. “His contributions to world history are unparalleled, which is why designation as the National George C. Marshall Museum and Library on the post of VMI will bring a renewed interest in Marshall’s work and life for a new generation.”
Marshall graduated from VMI in 1901. He served as chief of staff of the U.S. Army, secretary of state and secretary of defense.
He’s known for leading the peace that came through the Marshall Plan, an economic plan to rebuild the wrecked economies of Europe after WWII.
“The designation as the National George C. Marshall Museum and Library recognizes our organization, with its vast collections of artifacts and records from Marshall’s career, as the ultimate authority on Marshall’s life and times, thereby encouraging those who wish to learn more about Marshall and his impact on world affairs to visit us and access our considerable resources,” Russell Fletcher, Marshall Foundation chairman of the board and acting president, said in a statement.
“Simply stated, it further promotes our fundamental mission to ensure that General Marshall remains in the public consciousness and inspires future leaders.”