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11/6/2010 - Veterans Appreciation Day

Millville Army Air Field Museum Hosts Ninth
Annual Veterans Appreciation Day

The Millville Army Air Field Museum will host the ninth annual Veterans Appreciation Day at Millville Airport Saturday, November 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All veterans are invited to attend the free event, which the MAAFM will host in conjunction with area high school students and community groups.

The event is open to the public, and is sponsored by Dallas Airmotive Inc. Funding is provided by the Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Cultural and Heritage Commission.

This year's ceremony will feature a special dedication to honor the 60th anniversary of the Korean War. Military vehicles from the Korean War Veterans Association, Thomas Daley Jr. Chapter will be on display, as will vehicles from the Military Vehicles Preservation Association, South Jersey Chapter; the CPL Edward A. Slavin South Jersey Chapter 82nd Airborne Division Association; and the Second Armored Division World War II Reenactment Group.

There will also be vehicles from the Cohanzick Antique Auto Club, an A-4 Skyhawk, a C-23 Short Sherpa and model airplane exhibits.

"We are proud to once again salute America's veterans of all wars at this year's commemorative ceremony," MAAFM Advisory Board Member and Event Coordinator Joseph Hampton said.

Students from area high schools will present readings, perform songs and dances, greet veterans and take oral histories while dressed in World War II period costumes.

"The museum is very happy to have history students help entertain troops for Veterans Appreciation Day ceremonies," MAAFM Board Member and Student Program Coordinator Jackie Flint said.

A ceremony scheduled for 11 a.m. will include the presentation of colors and a musical salute to veterans. The day's activities will also include a free canteen lunch sponsored by Verna's Flight Line Restaurant and Catering. Displays and reenactments will continue until 3 p.m.

"We are always so very proud to present our Veterans Appreciation Day to the public," MAAFM Executive Director Lisa Jester said. "It is a great opportunity for the Millville Army Air Field Museum to commemorate, educate and entertain the community, using the resources and energy of young people. Together, we continue to recognize the valuable role of America's veterans and thank them for their many contributions and sacrifices."