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How Do You Thank A Veteran For Their Service? Veterans Weigh In On The Weight They Carry

After 245 years, the United States Army finally gets a national museum, a historian gives contexts to modern songs and how storytelling keeps their history alive, and veterans find their work isn’t done after leaving the service.


Three New York Army National Guard Soldiers posed for figures that inhabit this exhibit of a Higgins Boat landing craft loading up for the landings in Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944, at the National Museum of the United States Army. Major Kevin Vilardo, served as the model for the photographer in the stern, while 1st Lt. Sam Gerdt modeled the Soldier waiting at the side of the boat. Sgt. 1st Class Nick Archibald served as the model for one of the Soldiers climbing down the cargo net. The museum opens to the public on Nov. 11, 2020.


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This Veterans Day, Professor Tom Palaima, UT professor and project organizer for the Warriors Chorus Project, discusses how storytelling and music tell the deeper history of soldiers’ first-hand experiences through war and civilian life.

Then, Col. Charles R. Bowery walks us through the long-awaited National Museum of the United States Army which tells the history of the Army through first-hand accounts of soldiers. The Museum opens today to the public.

And Navy veteran Art delaCruz, president & COO of Team Rubicon, and National Guard veteran Sgt. Sam Lucero, warrior leader for the Wounded Warriors discuss their experiences in the service and how they continue to assist their fellow veterans and civilians after leaving the service.

Callers also share their first-hand accounts in the military and family history as they reach out on Veterans Day.

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