Join us as we honor all of our nation’s veterans. On Veterans Day, the Museum will offer free admission to veterans of all conflicts, as well as an engaging all-day slate of online commemorative programming, including a virtual commemorative ceremony at 11 a.m. followed by a performance from the Victory Belles.
All-Day Activities (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.):
- Living History Corps
- Knit Your Bit
- Navy Federal Credit Union table
Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
11:00 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.
Welcome & Remarks, Stephen Watson
11:05 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.
Invocation, Chaplain Torrey Garrison (Pre-Recorded)
11:10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Welcome & Remarks, Maj. Gen David Mize (USMC, ret), New Orleans Mayor’s Military Advisory Committee (Pre-Recorded)
11:15 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
Remarks, The Honorable LaToya Cantrell, Mayor, City of New Orleans (Pre-Recorded)
11:20 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.
Keynote Speaker Introduction, Stephen Watson
11:25 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.
*Keynote Speaker, Hiroshi H. Miyamura, U.S. Army, MOH Recipient
11:35 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Closing and Lighting of Commemorative Candle, Stephen Watson
11:40 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Service Salute, Victory Belles
*Bio for Keynote Speaker, Hiroshi H. Miyamura, U.S. Army, MOH Recipient:
Miyamura grew up in New Mexico where his father was a coal miner. Miyamura attended school and worked with his cousin as an auto mechanic until he enlisted in the Army in 1945 volunteering for the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. He was too young to ship overseas and discharged when the war was over but reenlisted in the Army Reserves when he returned home to New Mexico. Sgt. Miyamura was recalled for the Korean War and was serving as a squad leader of a machine gun crew in April 1951 when the Chinese overran their position. Miyamura unhesitatingly jumped from his shelter into close and effective hand-to-hand combat with the enemy. After returning to his position, he administered first aid to the wounded and directed their evacuation. He then, despite being wounded, continued to deliver fire on the enemy while ordering the squad to withdraw until he was captured. Miyamura was held for 23 months. His Medal of Honor was the first-ever classified Top Secret until his release from the North Korean P.O.W. camp. He was presented the Medal by President Dwight Eisenhower.
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Victory Belles Salute to Veterans
Watch via Livestream.com.
Sponsored by Peoples Health
Also, don't forget—Rosie's on the Roof at The Higgins Hotel will be offering all veterans an 11% discount off their total tab from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on November 11. Due to COVID, table reservations are currently required and can be made here. For information about booking a stay at The Higgins Hotel, as well as our limited time "Eureka Rate," call 833-357-1172 or click here.
Don’t miss this webinar the following day:
Wheels of Courage: How Paralyzed Veterans from World War II Invented Wheelchair Sports, Fought for Disability Rights and Inspired a Nation
With author David Davis and with Jeremy Collins
Thursday, November 12, 2020