Honoring our Nation’s Heroes

honoring heroes

Honor America’s Veterans and Active-Duty Military
August 18 » 10AM – 4PM

Hear courageous stories from the
jungles of Vietnam to the Global War on Terror
All veterans and active-duty military receive free admission

9:00 am Pancake Breakfast – Serving those who served!

Veterans, active-duty military, and immediate family: You are invited to a free pancake breakfast made possible by our generous presenting sponsor, UPS, in honor of your service. Come for a “pancake handshake” as we thank you–our nation’s finest! Please RSVP for breakfast by Wednesday, August 15, as seating is limited.

Honoring John “Lucky” Luckadoo

In recognition of John “Lucky” Luckadoo’s service to our nation during WWII and his fellow veterans as co-founder of Happy Warriors, Lucky will receive the Museum’s prestigious 2018 George E. Haddaway Award during the event’s opening ceremonies. During WWII, Lucky served as a B-17 pilot with the 100th Bomb Group. He is a true American Hero!

10:15 am Opening Ceremonies

We are proud to have the Lone Star Paralyzed Veterans of America Honor Guard present our Nation’s Colors. Special recognition to DFW Gold Star Families and Museum volunteers who served in the U.S. military.

Hear Apache Pilot, Daniel Flores

Hear the experiences of pilot, Daniel Flores, as he takes you into the cockpit of the AH-64 “Apache” flying combat missions in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan. Daniel is our honorary 2018 Luckadoo Annual Lecture speaker. Following his presentation, Daniel will be available to sign copies of his combat memoir, South of Heaven: My Year in Afghanistan.

Jazz Entertainment

Enjoy tunes from the 1940s through the 1970s from renowned Dallas jazz vocalist, Aubrey Slaver. Accompanied by a keyboard and saxophone, Aubrey’s smooth sounds and sultry voice takes you back to the Sinatra-era of jazz and entertains visitors of all ages!

Hear Huey Pilot, Bob Ford

Experience the stories of Vietnam Huey pilot, Capt. Bob Ford, who between July 1967 and July 1968 flew over 1,000 combat missions, including the Siege of Khe Sahn. Following his presentation, Bob will be available to sign copies of his combat memoir, Black Cat 2-1: The True Story of a Vietnam Helicopter Pilot and His Crew.

Hear Wounded Warrior, Deven Schei

A brother’s promise kept, Deven joined the U.S. Army to finish the job his brother, Erik, began in Operation Iraqi Freedom. While serving in Iraq, a sniper’s bullet rendered Erik a quadriplegic. Fate dealt its hand to Deven in Afghanistan when four 80mm rockets ended his tour. Following 17 surgeries, Deven finds inspiration from his brother and veterans he meets as a spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Meet Naval Aviator & Author, Marc Liebman

Capt. Liebman is a veteran Navy helicopter pilot who flew SAR missions in Vietnam, Special Ops in the Tanker Wars, and Operation Desert Storm. Now an acclaimed author, Marc combines his experiences into gripping fictional works. Marc will be available to sign copies of his book series.

Planned Activities

Throughout the day, many activities are planned for all ages. Activity stations include writing letters to soldiers, building paper helicopters, exploring military equipment, and “landing” on a model aircraft carrier.

Meet Continental Airlines Flight Attendant, B.J. Prior

As a young Continental Airlines stewardess, B.J. Prior served our nation in a unique manner during the Vietnam War. From 1969-1971, B.J. flew Military Airlift Command (MAC) operations transporting U.S. troops in and out of Vietnam. Following her presentation, B.J. will be available to sign copies of her memoir, Behind My Wings: Untold Stories of Vietnam Vets.

P-51D “Pecos Bill”

In honor of our nation’s veterans, we welcome the Freedom FlyersP-51D “Pecos Bill” to the Museum. WWII veterans attending the event have an opportunity to win a free flight in this iconic aircraft by entering a drawing the day of the event. Must be present and physically able to fly in order to win. Aircraft appearance subject to change without notice due to weather and/or maintenance.

Designed as a long-range fighter aircraft to escort U.S. heavy bombers deep into German territory during WWII, the P-51 “Mustang” went from blueprint concept to production in only 120 days. A fighter pilot’s dream, the Mustang combined superb maneuverability, top speed, armament, and combat range.

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.

In addition to care packages for attending veterans and active-duty military, the Museum is hosting a collection drive in partnership with Operation Gratitude for deployed troops through August 18, 2018. A collection bin is located in front of the Museum’s model shop for the following items:

  • Socks
  • Lip Balm
  • LifeSaver Mints
  • Wipes (30 or fewer)
  • Beanie Babies

Participating Organizations

  • Paralyzed Veterans of America
  • Vietnam Veterans of America
  • U.S. Army, Navy, and Marine Corps
  • 609 Squadron WWII RAF Living History
  • DFW GI Joe Collectors Club
  • Freedom Flyers
  • Happy Warriors
  • Wounded Warrior Project
  • Exchange Club of Dallas
  • VFW Post 6796
  • Commemorative Air Force
  • CAF WASP Squadron
  • CAF Red Tail Squadron
  • Bombshells WWII Pin-ups

Thanks to the following for their sponsorship of this event.
Additional support provided by the Perot Foundation.

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