The Nassau County Legislature Rules Committee has approved a resolution that confirms the county’s commitment to fund a $500,000 matching grant for the Museum of American Armor. 

The grant will go towards the development of a maintenance and repair facility to be located behind the museum’s main building inside Old Bethpage Village Restoration. 

The new structure is envisioned as a prefabricated building sized to accommodate the largest of the museum’s tanks and vehicles that periodically need maintenance and repair. The county’s matching grant is being met by corporate and private donations that will allow construction of the facility to begin in the spring of 2022. 

“Since its opening on D-Day, June 6, 2014, the Armor Museum has served as a lasting tribute to our veterans while becoming a vibrant educational destination for a new generation of students,” Richard Nicolello, the Legislature’s presiding officer, said in a written statement. “This restoration building, combined with the museum’s recent decision to retain a respected educational professional to further strengthen its role as a classroom resource, underscores the importance of this museum as an educational resource.” 

The matching grant was proposed by Nassau County Executive Laura Curran. 

“A unique strength of the Armor Museum is its ability to operate its historic vehicles within the wooded surroundings of Old Bethpage Village Restoration,” Curran said in the statement. “It recreates a moment in time for the visitor when the very future of freedom was at stake. Ensuring that these vehicles can continue that role is essential, and the restoration building will guarantee that future.” 

The Museum of American Armor, open Fridays through Sundays year round, has some 40 operational military vehicles within its building on the grounds of the county’s Old Bethpage Village Restoration. 

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