Retired Marine Gives $12 Million to Marine Corps Heritage Foundation

The in Dumfries, Virginia, has announced a $12 million gift, the largest individual contribution in its history, from Timothy T. Day, chairman and CEO of Bar-S Foods.

Made through the Phoenix-based , the gift will be used to complete the ' galleries, which will tell the stories of Marines who have served since 1975 and are scheduled to open in 2017. The gift also will fund the Timothy T. Day Overlook, a visual enhancement to Semper Fidelis Memorial Park and a future location for museum and foundation ceremonies.

Day's gift is the lead gift in the foundation's campaign to complete the Marine Corps Heritage Center, which includes the museum and the park. The museum opened in 2006 with exhibits documenting the Marine Corps' role in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Three additional galleries interpreting the period from 1775 through the Civil War, the Age of Expansion, and World War I opened in 2010.

"The foundation feels a duty to recognize those who made history in Beirut, Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Somalia, and those who have served more than a decade of continuous combat in Iraq and Afghanistan," said Lieutenant General Robert R. Blackman, Jr., president and CEO of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. "Tim Day...shares our vision, and is an inspiration to all Marines."

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