Press Release...


December 3, 2004

Contact Information:

Malcolm Browne, Chairman, The Veterans Museum in Texas


ExxonMobil: Susan Reeves


ExxonMobil Donates Land for Future Veteran's Museum Houston (December 3, 2004)

The board of directors of the Veteran's Museum in Texas is proud to announce that it has received a 35-acre tract of land from ExxonMobil for the development of a veteran's museum in South Houston. The museum, which will be located at the corner of I-45 South and Scarsdale Boulevard, will serve as a non-profit, educational resource for the community recognizing the service of America's diverse veterans throughout history.

"We can't thank ExxonMobil enough for donating this land, which will become the home of the Veteran's Museum in Texas," said Malcolm Browne, chairman of the Veteran's Museum board of directors. "This donation will be the beginning of a tremendous groundswell of support that has been waiting in the wings. This museum will add another dimension to the educational opportunities in Texas, and will become a valuable addition to the Houston area's destination tourism sites."

"ExxonMobil is proud to have the opportunity to partner with the Veteran's Museum board of directors in honoring our nation's veterans by providing the site for this museum," said Morris Foster, president, ExxonMobil Production Company. ExxonMobil has a significant presence in Houston, and it's important to us to contribute to the communities in which we operate. Additionally, this is a way to recognize the more than 6,500 ExxonMobil employee/retiree veterans in the United States, nearly 1,000 of whom live in the Houston area.

The mission of the Veteran's Museum in Texas is to honor America's veterans and their service to America. Through permanent and changing exhibits, educational programs and community outreach programs, the museum will pay tribute and remembrance to those who served their country, from the Revolutionary War to the present. Texas has more than 1.75 million living military veterans, and the ranks are growing every year. Houston was chosen as the site for the museum because the more than 200,000 veterans who live in Harris County represent the largest concentration of veterans in the state of Texas.

"The freedom we enjoy as Americans has been purchased at great cost by men and women who have confronted evil with courage and placed themselves in harm's way to protect the American Way," said Governor Rick Perry. "This new hall of honor for our war heroes will teach future generations both the meaning of freedom, and its cost."

The museum's elegant design will recognize each branch of service, and will honor the service of men and women, past and future. The main museum building -- in the shape of the star of Texas -- will consist of three floors totaling 203,000 square feet. The space in each point of the star will be allocated to each of the major services - Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and Marines.

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