Grand Reopening Ceremony and Ribbon-Cutting

November 21, 2008

The Museum officially reopened to the public on the morning of Friday, Nov. 21, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Museum Director Brent Glass, Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough, and other special guests. Entertainment included musical performances by the Children’s Chorus of Washington and Federal City Brass Band, the firing of an authentic War of 1812 cannon by the Defenders of Fort McHenry, a speech by the Secretary and other leaders, and a reading of the Gettysburg Address—a copy of which is on temporary loan from the White House—by General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret).