Honor America’s Veterans and Active-Duty Military
August 18, 2018
10 am – 4 pm
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 special pancake breakfast in honor of your service. Come for a “pancake handshake” as we thank our nation’s finest! Stay tuned for more details…
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 will be given to DFW Gold Star Families and Museum volunteers who served in the U.S. military.
Meet 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 highly contested Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan. Daniel is our honorary 2018 John “Lucky” 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.
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!
Meet Huey Pilot, Bob Ford
Experience the stories of Vietnam Huey pilot, Capt. Bob Ford, who commanded the northernmost helicopter unit in Vietnam. Between July 1967 and July 1968, Bob 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.
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. She was able to see her brother, who was stationed in Cam Ranh Bay. Her book includes her personal story and that of 19 Vietnam veterans. Following her presentation, B.J. will be available to sign copies of her memoir, Behind My Wings: Untold Stories of Vietnam Vets.
Throughout the day, we are planning many activities for both kids and adults. Activity stations include writing letters to deployed U.S. soldiers and designing, building, and testing your own paper helicopter. Stay tuned for more additions!
Plans are underway to secure an CH-47 “Chinook” on static display during the event. Helicopter appearance is based on availability and/or military operations and subject to change without notice.
Designed as a heavy-lift twin rotor helicopter, the CH-47 “Chinook” entered service with the U.S. Army in August 1962. Capable of transporting troops, artillery, supplies, and equipment to the battlefield, the Chinook is the lifeline for troops in the field. They are also used extensively in medical evacuation, aircraft recovery, parachute drop, search-and-rescue, disaster relief, firefighting, and heavy construction. In addition to its carrying capabilities, the Chinook is also one of the fastest military helicopters in the world. Current plans have the Chinook in service with the U.S. Army through the 2030s.
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 from March 1 – August 18, 2018. A collection bin is located in front of the Museum’s model shop for the following items:
- Hand/Foot Warmers (i.e. Hot Hands, etc.)
- Socks (adult size)
- Lip Balm (i.e. Chapstick, Blistex, etc.)
- LifeSaver Mints (individually wrapped, non-melting)
- Moist Wipes (30 wipes or fewer to a package)
- Beanie Babies (i.e. small plush toys)
- DFW USO
- Paralyzed Veterans of America
- Military Order of the Purple Heart
- Vietnam Veterans of America
- Wounded Warrior Foundation
- U.S. Army Recruiting Office