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Cincinnati Museum Center honors those who served during Salute to Armed Forces Weekend May 16 & 17
Parade, flyovers, activities, exhibit and OMNIMAX® film highlight weekend celebrating service
CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Museum Center is celebrating those military men and women who served our nation with a special Salute to Armed Forces Weekend May 16 & 17. Events and activities inside and outside Union Terminal will honor those who serve and have served. The special weekend will also mark the opening of the new exhibit Treasures of Our Military Past and new OMNIMAX® film D-Day: Normandy 1944.
Cincinnati has been a home to veterans of military conflicts dating back to the founding of our nation when Revolutionary War veterans were given land grants in this area for their service. Others settled in the area after serving at Fort Washington in the 1790s. 150 years later, soldiers walked beneath a mosaic tile rendering of Fort Washington as they passed through the USO lounge at Union Terminal. Approximately one-fifth of all American soldiers who served in World War II passed through Union Terminal. In more recent years, Union Terminal has hosted memorials for veterans of Lima Company who served and lost their lives in Iraq in 2005. Union Terminal is proud to once again honor and entertain America’s servicemen and women during the Salute to Armed Forces Weekend.
The two-day celebration of our nation’s veterans and active duty military will include a flyover by the Cincinnati Warbirds, including a B-25 Mitchell bomber on Saturday, May 16 and a twice daily Walk of Honor at 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. complete with waving flags and live bands playing patriotic tunes. Guitars for Vets will perform in the Rotunda where several community organizations will also be gathered offering information and activities in support of our veterans. Special programming in the Cincinnati History Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, Duke Energy Children’s Museum and the Treasures of Our Military Past exhibit will offer insight into the contributions of veterans over two centuries and ways that we can continue to support veterans and those still serving today.
The following organizations will be offering information and programming in the Rotunda during Salute to Armed Forces Weekend:
- Greater Cincinnati Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.
- Honor Flight
- Disabled American Veterans
- Guitars for Vets
- Union Institute & University
- American Red Cross
- 4 Paws for Ability, Inc.
- Patriot Pinup Cincinnati
- Marine Corps League Montezuma
- Easter Seals
- Daughters of the American Revolution
- Tristate Veterans Community Alliance
- University of Cincinnati Air Force ROTC
Treasures of Our Military Past
Visitors can learn about Cincinnati’s rich military past in Treasures of Our Military Past, opening May 15. Spanning over 220 years, Treasures of Our Military Past is an incredible exhibit that honors the men, women and organizations who have turned the tides of war and battled injustice around the globe. A hand-drawn plan of Fort Washington from 1793 and a directive from General “Mad” Anthony Wayne dated 1794 tell the story of battles fought in the Cincinnati region, America’s early frontier. The flag of the 10th Ohio Volunteer Infantry has survived the bullets of Confederate soldiers and the ravages of time. Amongst the names of battles stitched onto its green silk is Chickamauga, the battle where General William H. Lytle lost his life. General Lytle’s uniform and personal effects are the tangible reminders of a man who gave the last full measure for his nation.
Cincinnati’s contributions to the Great War are embodied in the uniforms of soldiers who fought in the trenches and served in the hospitals of World War I. Visitors can also view the Croix de Guerre awarded to Maria Clinton Herron, a volunteer with the YMCA who offered her services in a military hospital in the face of an enemy attack. Bobbie Sterne continued Cincinnati’s legacy of service as a nurse in World War II. Her uniform will be displayed along with other uniforms and flight jackets from those who served in the skies or on the battlefields of four continents during World War II. Uniforms and equipment from the post-World War conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan honor generations who still have stories to tell.
Treasures of Our Military Past also features a modern call to action gallery, encouraging visitors to continue to support veterans and offering information on how to do so. Amongst the organizations represented are the Tuskegee Airmen, Honor Flight and Joseph House.
The call to action gallery will also feature the work of University of Cincinnati Medical Center Cincinnati C-STARS (Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills). This joint program between University of Cincinnati Medical Center and the Air Force offers training for military medical personnel in the areas of trauma and critical care. C-STARS is instrumental in the training of members of the Critical Care Air Transport Team (CCATT) that allows wounded soldiers to be evacuated from the battlefield, receiving life-saving medical care in the air while en route to advanced military hospitals around the world. Flight suits from a CCATT doctor, nurse and respiratory therapist embody the courage, compassion and skill of men and women responsible for ensuring that their wounded comrades in arms have a fighting chance at returning home to their families. Also on display will be a collection of medical technology pioneered by Cincinnati C-STARS, including a ventilator and oxygen concentrator.
D-Day: Normandy 1944
The largest Allied operation of World War II is coming to the five-story domed screen of the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater at Cincinnati Museum Center. Narrated by Tom Brokaw, D-Day: Normandy 1944 details why and how Normandy, France became the most important location in the world over the summer of 1944. The film uses sweeping panoramic and aerial footage, animation, CGI and stunning live-action images to blend history, military strategy, science, technology and human values.
D-Day: Normandy 1944 is an immersive experience dedicated to the men and women who fought and sacrificed in one of history’s most incredible operations. Discover just how this pivotal day, and those days before and after it, changed the world.
D-Day: Normandy 1944 opens May 15 in the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater at Cincinnati Museum Center. For tickets and showtimes, visit www.cincymuseum.org/omnimax/d-day.
Veteran Tribute Wall
Cincinnati Museum Center is asking you to help honor the veterans in your life by adding a name to the Veteran Tribute Wall inside Treasures of Our Military Past. For a suggested minimum contribution of $10, people are invited to add a name “in honor of” or “in memory of” the veteran in their family. Names can be added to the wall throughout the run of the exhibit as Museum Center recognizes the men and women from the region who served and to honor their sacrifice. All proceeds from the Veteran Tribute Wall will support the Cincinnati Museums Foundation endowment fund for the preservation and conservation of military collections. Click here to make a contribution and to honor the veterans in your family.
Special military discounts and combos
Cincinnati Museum Center is offering special discounts to active and former military. Members of the military will receive $2 off any museum ticket during the run of Treasures of Our Military Past through September 20. Discounted combo packages are also available. After visiting Treasures of Our Military Past, catch D-Day: Normandy 1944 in the OMNIMAX® Theater for an all-day experience celebrating those who have served our nation in the past and who continue to do so today.
Cincinnati Museum Center is honored to celebrate those men and women who have sacrificed in the name of liberty throughout Cincinnati’s long history. For more information on Salute to Armed Forces Weekend, visit www.cincymuseum.org/events/salute-to-armed-forces-weekend.
About Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) at Union Terminal is a nationally recognized institution and national historic landmark. Dedicated to sparking community dialogue, insight and inspiration, CMC was awarded the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in 2012. CMC is one of only 16 museums in the nation with both of these honors, making it a unique asset and a vital community resource. Union Terminal has been voted the nation's 45th most important building by the American Institute of Architects. Organizations within CMC include the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children's Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater and Cincinnati History Library & Archives. Recognized by Forbes Traveler Magazine as the 17th most visited museum in the country, CMC welcomes more than one million visitors annually. For more information, visit www.cincymuseum.org.