In the early 1990s, a collection of military artifacts was gathered in a classroom at Memorial High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Col. Robert W. Powell. Col. Powell retired from the United States Air Force after a storied career, including his service as a glider pilot during WWII. Col. Powell and others founded the Memorial Veterans Association in 1996 as a group of committed patriots eager to maintain a deep respect for military history. While the collection was moved from Memorial High School to various locations in Tulsa, Col. Powell’s passion for the mission never wavered. In 2012, the City of Broken Arrow offered the Center’s current location on Main Street in the Rose District as a permanent home for the collection.