U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs Names Patriots Point Regional Site for Veterans Day
Symposium, Glee Club Performance and Birthday Recognition Part of Celebration
Mount Pleasant, S.C. – The Veterans Day National Committee of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has selected Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum as a Regional Site for the celebration of Veterans Day 2013. Through the designation, Veterans Affairs provides support for the museum’s activities that day, and works to encourage veterans and families to attend.
“We spend every day here at Patriots Point honoring the veterans who fought so we could enjoy the freedoms we have today,” Patriots Point Executive Director Mac Burdette said. “It’s quite fitting for us to be the go-to for Veterans Day and we appreciate Veterans Affairs recognizing that. The day is planned with educational, entertaining, inspirational and humbling events. We’ve got something for every age to enjoy,” he added.
The holiday celebration kicks off at 9:30 am Monday, November 11th in the Smokey Stover Theater on the Hanger Deck of the USS Yorktown when Bernice “Bee” Haydu, a WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilot) of WWII is the guest at a symposium hosted by the Patriots Point Institute of History, Science and Technology.
During the program, the US Postal Service will unveil its Medal of Honor stamp which goes on sale that day.
Following the symposium, at 11 am, the U.S. Naval Academy Women’s Glee Club will perform. The ensemble performs a diverse selection which includes classical, sacred, folk, patriotic, popular, and Broadway music.
The celebration will continue when Patriots Point honors the museum’s five volunteers who are age 90 or above. These WWII veterans will be honored with a birthday cake and song.
Veterans will be admitted free of charge on the holiday.
For more information about the Veterans Day celebration at Patriots Point, please contact Holly Jackson at (843) 881-5984.