Thank You, Veterans
On May 13, 1938, an official Act made November 11th a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace. Known as “Armistice Day,” in honor of soldiers lost in World War I “The War to End all Wars,” the name was changed in 1954 to “Veterans Day” to honor American veterans of all wars.
Special programming happening this year for Veterans Day:
- On November 11, the National Museum of the United States Air Force will host nearly 50 veterans during their “Plane Talks” program from 10:30am – 3:30pm. Visitors can hear stories from crew chiefs; engineers; navigators; and pilots, along with an Aircraft Maintenance Quality Control Officer; Missile Combat Crew Commander/Instructor; Missile Crew Member; Missile Maintenance Crew Member; Navigator/Electronic Countermeasures Officer and Personal Equipment Specialist to name a few. These veterans will be stationed at aircraft throughout the museum.
- From November 11 – 15, visitors to the National Museum of the United States Air Force will be able to see a temporary exhibit of military-themed LEGO® bricks set-up in the WWII Gallery near the B-17 Memphis BelleTM. The display will feature replicas of war memorials including the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and replica aircraft such as an F-15 and the B-17 Memphis Belle. Visitors will also have the opportunity to meet members of the Cincy LEGO Users Group (LUG) who built the display from more than one million bricks and parts. The LEGO model of the Memphis Belle alone has over 3,000 pieces and a full 10 man crew, which required four months of planning and locating parts, and another month to assemble.
- Starting now, visitors to the National Museum of the United States Air Force can see the first few sections of a new exhibit titled “Women in the Air Force: From Yesterday into Tomorrow,” which is currently being installed in several galleries throughout the museum and will be completed in early 2021. This exhibit highlights women’s achievements in civilian and military careers with an emphasis on the U.S. Air Force and its predecessors and covers historical issues and changes in laws and attitudes.
Other great Veterans Day suggestions:
- Champaign Aviation Museum‘s ongoing B-17 restoration project and flying B-25
- WACO Air Museum‘s WWII glider video
- Aviation Trail‘s Parachute Museum
- Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum Revolutionary War Soldiers Tour