Join The National WWII Museum on May 20 to celebrate Armed Forces Day and recognize servicemembers, both past and present, in all six branches of the US military: the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Air Force, and Space Force. The Museum will partner with the New Orleans Mayor’s Military Advisory Committee for a Commemoration Ceremony at 11:00 a.m. in US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center.
Within the ceremony, the Mayor’s Military Advisory Committee will recognize and honor the 2023 awardees of the MMAC Community Service Award. The MMAC Community Service Award honors servicemembers who have gone above and beyond to selflessly serve the communities they live and work in.
The 2023 Armed Forces Day Commemoration will feature:
- USMC Major General David Mize (Ret.)
- New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell
- Medal of Honor recipient Jim “Doc” McCloughan
- Performance by the Victory Belles
- USMC Color Guard and Band
Following the commemoration, the Museum will unveil and rededicate the museum’s Blue Star Highway Marker in partnership with the Louisiana Garden Club Federation, Inc. on Magazine Street.
On Armed Forces Day, all veterans are admitted free to the Museum's galleries; ticket purchase is required for Beyond All Boundaries and Final Mission: USS Tang Submarine Experience for $6 each. Note: Free admission is for veterans only and does not include family or friends. If you have any ticketing questions, please visit the Guest Services desk.
Active duty and retired military servicemembers, along with their families, are then welcome to join us from 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the Museum’s Col. Battle Barksdale Parade Ground for the Blue Star Museums Kickoff Cookout to enjoy fun outdoor patio games, face painting, and an outdoor cookout lunch. Note: The cookout lunch is free with prior registration. Click here to register. For those who do not register in advance, cash sales for the cookout’s food and beverage service will be available.
These events serve as a kickoff to the Blue Star Museums program. Blue Star Museums is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families, in collaboration with the Department of Defense and museums across America. This program offers free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families from Armed Forces Day through Labor Day.
For more information, contact Jessica Saddler, Veteran & Military Engagement Specialist, at email@example.com.