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Date:
April 19, 2019
Time:
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location:
The MacArthur Memorial Visitors Center
Address:
198 Bank Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
Contact:
757-441-2965
Email:
Cost:
FREE
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Legacies: The MacArthurs in the Far East

Friday, April 19, 2019

On April 19, 2019, the MacArthur Memorial will open Legacies: The MacArthurs in the Far East - a new special exhibit that will tell the story of the MacArthur's in Asia, while tracing the evolving geopolitical role of the United States in Asia.

Between 1905-1906, twenty-five year old Lt. Douglas MacArthur traveled through Asia with his father Lieutenant General Arthur MacArthur and his mother Mary Hardy MacArthur. Over a period of nine months, he traveled 19,949 miles from Japan to Calcutta, across the plains of India, to the Khyber Pass, and south to what is now Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Vietnam. He then traveled through China before returning to Japan. 

Writing of the trip decades later, MacArthur wrote: “[I visited] countless lands so rich in color, so fabled in legend, so vital to history that the experience was without a doubt the most important fact of preparation in my entire life.” For the rest of his life, and the remaining 45 years of his military career, this journey would influence his thoughts about the political, military, and economic potential of Asia. This knowledge would pay massive dividends – inspiring many of the major decisions he would later make as a senior leader in that region. 

On April 19, 2019, the MacArthur Memorial will open Legacies: The MacArthurs in the Far East - a new special exhibit that will tell the story of the MacArthur's in Asia, while tracing the evolving geopolitical role of the United States in Asia.