WASHINGTON — Museum of the Bible will honor the service and sacrifice of America’s veterans and all active-duty military personnel by offering these heroes free admission from Friday, Nov. 6 through Friday, Nov. 13. Veterans Day is celebrated annually on Nov. 11.
“Members of our military sacrifice so much for us, and this is our small way of saying thank you,” said Harry Hargrave, CEO of Museum of the Bible. “I hope you will join us in honoring them this Veterans Day and that you will be encouraged by how the Bible has provided strength and comfort to our service members in some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable.”
Museum of the Bible will have a variety of significant items related to the military and veterans on display, including:
Private George Raymond Rome’s portrait and personal New Testament. Pvt. Rome was an African American infantryman who fought for the Union as a member of the 55th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment during the Civil War.
Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) American Navy Edition New Testament. The YMCA printed a version of the New Testament for members of the United States Navy during World War I to encourage and strengthen those serving.
Aitken New Testament and Aitken Bible. Robert Aiken, a Scottish immigrant to Philadelphia, printed his New Testament in 1777, breaking Britain’s monopoly on printing Bibles. He later published The Aiken Bible in 1782, which was nicknamed “The Bible of the Revolution.”
The museum also has several military Bibles that are viewable online:
Admiral David Farragut’s Bible. Adm. Farragut was an officer in the United States Navy who served in the War of 1812 and the Mexican-American War (1846-1848). During the Civil War, he fought for the Union and became the first rear admiral, vice admiral and admiral in the Navy. He coined the phrase “full speed ahead” during the Battle of Mobile Bay in 1864.
Rear Admiral Peirce Crosby’s Bible. R.Adm. Crosby’s Bible was given to him by his grandmother when he joined the United States Navy in 1838. He served in the Mexican-American War (1846-1848) and fought for the Union during the Civil War. Later, he served as Assistant Secretary of State.
The Soldier’s Pocket Bible. This Bible is a facsimile of one issued to Oliver Cromwell’s soldiers during the English Civil War; it was reissued to American soldiers during World War I. Theodore Roosevelt added a note to some copies: “This is worth reading, comrade and friend.”
Gospel of John, Army and Navy Edition. In 1917, the American Bible Society (ABS) ran a campaign to give a copy of the Gospel of John to every soldier or sailor who desired one. Approximately 6 million copies were printed over the course of America’s involvement in World War I.
Museum of the Bible tickets can be reserved here. A valid military ID must be presented at the ticket counter for free admission.
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