2016 Veterans Day

2017 Veterans Day

Event Date: Saturday, 11 November 2017 at 9:50 a.m.
Location: Air Mobility Command Museum
Address: 1301 Heritage Rd, Dover AFB, DE 19902
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Join us at the AMC Museum for our 2017 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 10:50, rain or shine, with a film and opening remarks followed by posting of the colors. In addition to the Dover AFB Honor Guard and special guest speaker Colonel Bob Leicht, USA, (Ret.), we will have music by the Milford Community Band.

Charlie’s Hot Dogs food truck will be available for lunch.

Many of the museum’s airplanes will be open for viewing until 2:45 p.m. The museum will close at 4 p.m.

  • 9:00 – Museum Opens
  • 9:50-10:50 – Seating Begins
  • 10:50 – Film and Opening Remarks
  • 11:00 –
    • Posting of the Colors
    • National Anthem
    • Invocation and Moment of Silence
    • Introduction of Guest Speaker
    • A Century of Service
    • Gift Presentation
    • Intro of Milford Community Band
    • Milford Community Band
  • 9:50-2:45 – Outside Aircraft Open
  • 4:00 – Museum 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.”

1 Comment

  • Dr Lynn Lofthouse

    This is great! I learned so much. I learned the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day (no apostrophe). Why is this not taught in school? Why is hate and divisiveness taught instead? I have constructed a list of “patriotic” holidays for my family and friends and I am shocked how very few we really celebrate. Thank you for this good information. No kneeling here during the Anthem!

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On every third Saturday of the month, between March and November, the museum opens up some of its more impressive planes for guided tours. These aircraft will be opened to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. if weather permits and tour guides are available.