National POW/MIA Memorial and Museum
Prosser is honored to be part of the founding team launching the National POW/MIA Memorial and Museum. Our work included leading the initial programming and visioning, preparation of the master plan, conceptual architectural design and assisting in the development of the fundraising program, budgeting and support collateral.
A future that embraces, honors, educates and celebrates with respect America’s Prisoners of War and Missing in Action Service members is vital. History, emotion, patriotism and pride are prerequisites to the creation of a sacred place that honors the bravest that continue to preserve a nation. The POW/MIA Memorial and Museum promises to uphold the trust shared by all Americans and those who serve that the value of the men and women who fight for freedom and liberty is incalculable.
The National POW/MIA Memorial and Museum is designed to connect with all who visit on an emotional, intellectual and physical level. The complex connects to individuals, the memorial environment, the country and even the cosmos through a design framework that makes up the museum structures, the surrounding gardens and airspace above. The sun and the seasons have driven the location of structures where the solar activity on National POW/MIA Recognition Day in September creates a palpable experience. The entrance to the complex is serious and somber with strong references to hope, solitude, captivity and a yearning for closure. The enormity of those Missing in Action is evident through monumental spaces which include elements dealing with the intangibility associated with those still missing. Groves of trees and forests of steel are juxtaposed to create spaces that are occupied by visitors where the natural order of life, the human condition and the plight of freedom is examined, questioned and celebrated. Education, artifact preservation, research and discovery are an integral part of the complex. The complex promises to be a place that teaches by integrating a state-of-the-art research program promoting the endeavor of self-discovery. The National POW/MIA Memorial and Museum is a destination for all, focused on the hope that visitors will leave enriched, reverent and called to tell the story of the nation’s Prisoners of War and Missing in Action heroes.