Cornerstone set for Fort Smith marshals museum

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - Supporters of the planned U.S. Marshals Museum have gathered in Fort Smith to dedicate the cornerstone of the complex' Hall of Honor.

The 20,000-square-foot museum has scheduled its formal groundbreaking for next September to coincide with the 225th anniversary of the founding of the federal Marshals Service.

The Hall of Honor will recognize U.S. marshals who have died in the line of duty. In remarks prepared for delivery Saturday, museum president Jim Dunn said the Hall of Honor could become a sacred site, like the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the National 9/11 Memorial or the Oklahoma City National Memorial.

The museum's backers are still raising funds and hope to open the facility in 2016. The fundraising goal is $50 million.

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