Governor Lynch Joins National Museum of the Marine Corps

For Immediate Release
July 20, 2006
Contact: Communications Director
Office of the Governor
603-271-2121

Governors Council Appoints Sergeant Major Paul Chevalier (USMC RET.) to Spearhead Search for every New Hampshire Marine

Concord - Governor Lynch announced today that he has officially joined the Governors Council of the National Museum of the Marine Corps, and appointed SgtMaj Paul Chevalier (USMC Ret.) as the state’s liaison to the Museum in its efforts to locate all Granite Staters who have ever worn the uniform of the United States Marine Corps. The Museum, set to open November 2006, will be a lasting tribute to Marines-past, present and future-and share the Marines’ unique role in shaping American history.

“I am honored to be a part of the Museum’s Governors Council and look forward to engaging all Marines from New Hampshire in this project,” said Governor Lynch. “SgtMaj Chevalier is a retired Marine with more than 30 years on active duty and has many contacts in the veterans’ community.”

The Governors Council is a fifty-state initiative to locate every member of the United States Marine Corps, past and present, and their families, so that all Marines can be directly involved with the National Museum of the Marine Corps. It will also ensure that every Marine has the opportunity to be included on the Museum’s Roll of Honor and participate in Museum activities. Co-chaired by Governor Matt Blunt (Mo.), Governor Theodore Kulongoski (Ore.) and former Governor Mark Warner (Va.), each member of the Governors Council nominates a liaison upon joining to spearhead the search in their states.

“We welcome Governor Lynch to the Council and look forward to working with SgtMaj Chevalier to connect with all the proud Marines in New Hampshire,” said Lt. Gen. Ron Christmas (ret.), President of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. “The Museum is a true national treasure that will share the history and lore of the Marines with all Americans. We look forward to continuing our work with Governor Lynch and the people of New Hampshire.”

The National Museum of the Marine Corps is under construction on a 135-acre site adjacent to the U.S. Marine Corps Base at Quantico, Va., and will serve as the centerpiece of the Marine Corps Heritage Center. Construction of the building is more than 75 percent complete, with several major artifacts, including aircrafts, tanks, landing vehicles, and artillery pieces already installed. The Museum’s dedication is set for November 10, 2006, with a public opening to follow on November 13. For more information on the National Museum of the Marine Corps, visit www.usmcmuseum.org, or if you are a Marine interested in becoming involved, please contact SgtMaj Paul Chevalier by calling 603-882-8881, or e-mailing to NHMARINES@aol.com.