Tuesday, 11 November
Join us at the AMC Museum for our Veterans Day ceremony on November 11th. The museum opens at 9:00 a.m. and seating begins inside at 9:50. The ceremony begins at 11:00, rain or shine, with the posting of the colors. In addition to the Dover AFB Honor Guard and special guest speaker Lieutenant General Robert R. Dierker, USAF (Ret), we will have music by the Milford Community Band. Many of the museum's airplanes will be open for viewing until 3:45 p.m. The museum will close at 4 p.m.
Posting of the Colors
Introduction of Guest Speaker
History of Veterans Day
Intro of Milford Community Band
Milford Community Band 9:50-3:45Outside Aircraft Open 4:00Museum Closes
Veterans Day is a time to remember that the freedoms we enjoy as Americans have come with a price, and have been earned and perpetuated by the brave men and women who have answered the call to duty for their country. Without their dedication and sacrifice, America would be a very different place today.
Come and join us in thanking America's military veterans through this very special ceremony.
World War I, known as "The Great War" or "The War to End All Wars", officially ended on June 28, 1919 with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, signed in the Palace of Versailles, France. Hostilities actually ceased seven months earlier on Nov 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day. This moment in time marked the cessations of the most destructive, costly, and far-reaching war in human history.
To of those who died and served with gratitude for victory commemorate this occasion, President Wilson declared November 11, 1919 as Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism and freedom which it has help maintain"
In 1938, Armistice Day became a national holiday and in 1954 the 83rd Congress, at the urging of Veteran groups, changed the word 'Armistice' to 'Veterans'. President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first Veterans Day Proclamation: "In order to insure proper and wide spread observation of this anniversary, all Veteran's organizations and all citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose."
Open Aircraft Day
Every third Saturday
On every third Saturday of the month, through November, the museum is opening up some of its more impressive planes for guided tours. The C-5A Galaxy, VC-9C Air Force Two, KC-135E Stratotanker, KC-97L Stratofreighter, C-133 Cargomaster, and other aircraft will be opened to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., if weather permits and tour guides are available.