Honoring Our Nation's Heroes

Saturday, August 27, 2022  |  10AM-2PM
This annual event is a tribute to our veterans, active-duty military, first responders, and their families and will be FREE to all attendees! Join us for USO-style entertainment, veteran resources, food, activities, and riveting veteran presentations.

Keynote Speaker - Chris Cassidy


Christopher J. Cassidy was born in Salem, Massachusetts on January 4, 1970 and considers nearby York, Maine, where he grew up, to be his hometown. A graduate of York High School, Chris completed Naval Academy Prep School in Newport, Rhode Island in 1989 and received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1993. He later received a Master of Science in Ocean Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has Honorary PhD's from Husson University and the University of Maine at Augusta.

Captain Cassidy is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL. During his service, he was awarded the Bronze Star with combat 'V' and received a second Bronze Star for combat leadership service in Afghanistan. In 2004, the platoon he commanded was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for a nine-day operation at the Zharwar Kili Cave on the Afghanistan/Pakistan border.

Cassidy was selected as an astronaut in 2004. He is a veteran of three space flights and ten space walks. Chris has flown to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor and the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. He has accumulated 377 days in space to include his most recent six-month spaceflight in 2020. In 2015, he became NASA's 14th Chief Astronaut and served in this capacity for two years.

Cassidy is the current CEO of the new National Medal of Honor Museum located in Arlington, TX.

Credit: National Medal of Honor Museum

2022 Schedule of Presentations & Performances

Exhibitor booths will be available from 10am - 2pm. Below is a list of special performances that you won't want to miss, throughout the day!
Time Speaker Location
10:00AM - 10:45AM ANG Band of the Southwest Main Exhibit Hall
10:30AM - 11:00AM Author Marc Liebman Auditorium
11:00AM - 11:30AM Singer Ruby Weston Main Exhibit Hall
11:00AM - 11:30AM Author BJ Prior Auditorium
11:30AM - 12:00PM Author Bruce Bleakley Auditorium
12:00PM - 12:45PM Darrell Utt & Kevin Basik Main Exhibit Hall
1:00PM - 1:45PM Keynote Speaker Chris Cassidy Main Exhibit Hall