With roots in both world wars, Veterans Day has evolved into a “celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good,” according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. We salute all of our veterans, members who have worn the uniform at some point in their lives and served our nation and protected its people, interests and way of life.
A high percentage of our membership has served in all branches of service. AMA events and club meetings are great opportunities to extend a thank-you and honor those who currently serve or have done so in the past.
Did you know the National Model Aviation Museum is affiliated with the Blue Star Museums’ program? Blue Star Museums provide an important connection between the military and their communities. We recently received a thank-you for participation in this program from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Many of our member-veteran stories rise to a level worth retelling. In June, we lost a former AMA member and Tuskegee Airman, Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson, 100. A model aviation flying field in Detroit now bears his name. You can learn more about him in Model Aviation articles, a video interview from 2015, and episode 38 of the AMA Podcast in 2020.
This year, consider honoring a veteran in your life by purchasing him or her a brick in AMA’s Walk of Fame. The bricks are small compared with the sacrifices that our servicemen and women have made.
Now through November 30, in honor of Veterans Day, you can purchase a brick in the Walk of Fame at a 10% discount by using code VETBRICK. The Walk of Fame is located at AMA Headquarters in Muncie, Indiana, and many people visit it in the summer months.
Veterans have left a lasting impression on our lives. Honor them in a way that will last for years to come.