Honoring our Nation’s Heroes

Hear stories of courage from U.S. military veterans and enjoy USO-style entertainment.
All veterans and active-duty military receive free admission

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Opening Ceremonies » 10:30-11:00AM

We are proud to have the Lone Star Paralyzed Veterans of America Honor Guard present our Nation’s Colors. In honor of all veterans, we will cut the ribbon on the much anticipated new Cold War Gallery.

George E. Haddaway Award 

Who will receive the Museum’s prestigious 2019 George E. Haddaway Award during the event’s opening ceremonies? Stay tuned during the coming weeks as we announce this year’s recipient and true American Hero! 

Legendary F-4 Pilot, Bob Pardo » 11:00-11:50AM

Hear the incredible story of “Pardo’s Push” from Lt. Col. Bob Pardo as he takes you into the cockpit of his F-4 “Phantom II” on a perilous mission over the skies of Hanoi during the Vietnam War. Pardo is our honorary 2019 Luckadoo Annual Lecture speaker. Following his presentation, Pardo will be available to sign prints of Pardo’s Push by aviation artist, S.W. Ferguson.

“USO-Style” Tribute to the Troops » 1:00-2:30PM

Step back in time and enjoy On the Air: A Tribute to Bob Hope and Radio Stars of the 1940s. This highly-entertaining 90-minute variety comedy act takes you back in time to Bob Hope’s USO Tours when he and his friends entertained troops stationed abroad during WWII, Korea, and the Vietnam War. You will laugh out loud to the hilarious acts and antics of Bob Hope and his friends, thanks to the talented Lynn Roberts and Chuck Carson with the Phoenix Producers Group. 

Meet “Marilyn” » 1:00-2:30PM

marilyn Grace, a professional actress and singer, debuted “Marilyn” and garnered such a reaction from the audience that she soon became a sought after tribute artist for the “Blonde Bombshell” at countless events and venues. She will meet guests, pose for photos, and sing her signature tunes as part of our afternoon entertainment, On the Air: A Tribute to Bob Hope and Radio Stars of the 1940s.

Activities for the Family

Throughout the day, many activities are planned for guests of all ages. Activity stations include writing letters to deployed soldiers; designing, creating, and flying paper helicopters; and exploring military equipment.

Visiting Cold War MiG-17F

Visitors and Cold War veterans will have the rare opportunity to see up close the infamous Soviet-built MiG-17F fighter jet, thanks to our friends at FighterJets, Inc. and owner/pilot, Randy Ball. Randy is known for his spectacular day/night performances at air shows across the country. Aircraft appearance subject to change without notice due to weather and/or maintenance.

Based on the highly-successful Soviet MiG-15, the MiG-17 is the first Soviet fighter equipped with an afterburner. Armed with 2x 23mm cannons and 1x 37mm cannon, the MiG-17 was a formidable adversary for U.S. pilots during the Vietnam War. Our featured speaker Lt. Col. Bob Pardo, while flying an F-4 “Phantom II” with the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, skillfully downed a MiG-17 over the skies of North Vietnam on May 20, 1967. Pardo flew with the “Wolf Pack” led by legendary WWII Ace Col. Robin Olds, the highest scoring American unit known as the “MiG Killers.”

Operation Gratitude

We are proud to partner with Operation Gratitude, an organization which has delivered over two million care packages to deployed military personnel, veterans, and first responders since 2003. Every active duty military or veteran attending this Museum event will receive a care package as a thank you for serving our nation.

Participating Organizations

609 Squadron Living History
CAF Red Tail Squadron
CAF WASP Squadron
Civil Air Patrol
DFW GI Joe Collectors Club
Exchange Club of Dallas
FighterJets, Inc.
Fiske Hanley, WWII POW
Grace as Marilyn
Happy Warriors
Military Order of the Purple Heart
Navy Federal Credit Union
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Patriot Paws
Phoenix Producers Group
Rosie the Riveter
VFW Post 2137
VFW Post 6796
Vietnam Veterans of America

Thanks to the Perot Foundation for supporting this event.

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