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
Check out the Schedule for presentation times!

See the Photo Gallery

Pancake Breakfast – Serving those who served! » 9AM

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!

Opening Ceremonies » 10:15AM

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.

Apache Pilot, Daniel Flores » 11-11:45AM

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 » 11:30AM-1:30PM

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!

Huey Pilot, Bob Ford » 12-12:45PM

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.

Wounded Warrior, Deven Schei » 1-1:45PM

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.

Naval Aviator & Author, Marc Liebman 2-2:45PM

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.

Activities for the Family

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. View complete schedule of events HERE!

Continental Airlines Flight Attendant, B.J. Prior » 3-3:45PM

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.

Meet “Marilyn” » 1:30-4PM

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 our visitors, belt out a few signature tunes and you can have your picture taken with this beautiful woman.

P-51D “Pecos Bill” »
4PM Drawing for Free Flight

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
  • Military Order of the Purple Heart
  • Robert F. Welch III Foundation
  • Konley Kelley’s Carrier Models
  • Pin-up – Grace as Marilyn Monroe
  • DFW GI Joe Collectors Club
  • Navy Federal Credit Union
  • Freedom Flyers
  • Happy Warriors
  • Wounded Warrior Project
  • Exchange Club of Dallas
  • VFW Posts 6796 & 2137
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Commemorative Air Force
  • CAF WASP Squadron
  • CAF Red Tail Squadron
  • Fiske Hanley, WWII POW
  • Motorcycle Military Diorama
  • Patriot Paws
  • Rosie the Riveter
  • WWII Jeep

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

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