100th Anniversary of Armistice
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I on November 11, 1918. One year after the armistice with Germany went into effect, President Woodrow Wilson shared a message of the meaning of this new day of observance:
"To us in America the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service, and with gratitude for the victory... because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of nations."
In 1954, Congress changed the name of the holiday to Veterans Day so that it includes the service and sacrifice of all U.S. veterans, not just those who fought in World War I. Today, November 11 recognized across the world as Veterans Day in the United States, Armistice Day in France and other Allied nations, and Remembrance Day in the countries of the British Commonwealth.
Vietnam Documentary Film
The Museum is honored to present a screening of the documentary film "PAC 6: A General's Decision." This original film tells the story of Brigadier General Glenn R. Sullivan, who was stationed at the U-Tapao Royal Thai Navy Airfield at the time of Operation Linebacker II. Strategic Air Command had ordered the Linebacker II sorties to approach in single file every time, but Sullivan recognized that this highly predictable strategy would end disastrously. Sullivan made the call for SAC to change the Linebacker approaches - a decision that saved countless lives and aircraft, but it came at the cost of his military career. The film is directed by four-time Emmy Award winner Barry Dycus, in collaboration with General Sullivan's son Ray Sullivan.
There will be a reception before the movie screening in the J. Elroy McCaw Personal Courage Wing. The Museum will provide refreshments and there will be a "meet and greet" with filmmaker Ray Sullivan. As a partner of The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration established by the Department of Defense in 2012 to honor all Vietnam War veterans, the Museum will hold a special pinning ceremony before the screening to honor the Vietnam veterans in attendance. Please stay around after the movie for a Q&A session with the filmmaker!
Saturday, November 10
5:30 PM - Reception in the J. Elroy McCaw Personal Courage Wing
6:30 PM - Vietnam veteran recognition and pinning ceremony in the William M. Allen Theater
6:40 PM - Movie screening (under 60 minutes) followed by Q&A
Veterans Day at the Museum
Museum admission will be FREE on November 11 for all veterans and current military. At 11 AM local time, we will join thousands of other organizations across the country participating in Bells of Peace by ringing a bell 21 times in remembrance of those who have served and sacrificed.
Sunday, November 11
11:00 AM - The Boeing Employee Concert Band will play a selection of patriotic music in the Museum's Side Gallery
12:00 PM - Veterans Day ceremonies start with a color guard performance, followed by speeches from local city and Museum officials, and keynote speaker Lt. Col. Ron Limes
2:00 PM - To commemorate the end of World War I, Dr. Daniel Haulman of the Air Force Historical Research Agency will present an in-depth look into the aviation technology employed in the conflict, with a special focus on American Fighter Ace pilots.
The Museum of Flight would like to extend a big THANK YOU to our presenting sponsor, the City of Tukwila, for their support and involvement in our Veterans Day programming.