The Marine Corps Heritage Center was conceived to tell the uniquely American story of contribution and sacrifice, valor, and victory of the United States Marine Corps. The center was designed to include a complex of facilities which include the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Semper Fidelis Memorial Park, along with artifact restoration and storage facilities. One of the goals of the Marine Corps Heritage Center is to make Quantico the foremost center for the study of the Marine Corps. The center is also an exciting destination for the Marines and civilians alike.

Since 1999, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation has worked with the Marine Corps leadership, historians, educators, museum professionals, architects and exhibit designers to conceive a great National Museum that would tell the Corps’ legendary story – through the eyes of Marines.

The Awards Committee of the Foundation’s Board of Directors recently honored Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and Gary Goetzman with the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s Special Achievement Award for the ten part mini-series, “The Pacific”. The award is given periodically to an individual or individuals who have made significant contributions to the heritage and legacy of the Marine Corps through extraordinary achievements in the Arts.

C. Forbes, Inc. is honored to have partnered with the Foundation to design the Special Achievement Award. The custom-designed award was inspired by the architectural lines of the National Museum, along with the stone and atonements of the Semper Fidelis Memorial Park and Chapel.  The base of the award is fabricated out of the same granite used in the National Museum. The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation Seal is handsomely molded into the Intaglio crystal. The craftsmanship and design involved make this award truly a one of a kind.