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 Two Southeast Asia War veterans to speak at Veterans Tribute
 Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Edward Mechenbier and Col. (Ret.) Charles DeBellevue are keynote speakers
 Tribute takes place from 6-10 p.m. on Nov. 10
 Free event is part of Operation Welcome Home activities
 
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The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will host a Veterans Tribute on Nov. 10, 2011, as part of the Operation Welcome Home activities taking place throughout the Dayton area.
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Keynote speakers announced for Veterans Tribute at museum

Posted 11/3/2011   Updated 11/3/2011 Email story   Print story

    


by Sarah Swan
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force


11/3/2011 - DAYTON, Ohio -- Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Ed Mechenbier, who was a prisoner of war for more than five years during the Southeast Asia War, and Col. (Ret.) Charles DeBellevue, an Air Force ace during the war, will be keynote speakers during a special tribute to Southeast Asia War veterans at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

The free reception, open to all veterans from all services, takes place from 6-10 p.m. on Nov. 10 and also features a special veteran's recognition, a patriotic performance by the U.S. Air Force Band of Flight, and a tour of the museum's Southeast Asia War Gallery, which is undergoing a complete renovation.

Advance registration is required for the Veterans Tribute, and reservations can be submitted at https://einvitations.afit.edu/Veterans588/anim.cfm.

The Veterans Tribute is a kick-off event for the Operation Welcome Home activities taking place throughout the Dayton area during the Veterans Day weekend. Activities include a film festival, with military-related films being shown at various locations. The 1943 movie Air Force, about a bomber crew that arrives in Pearl Harbor in the aftermath of the Japanese attack and is sent on to Manila to help with the defense of the Philippines, will be shown in the museum's Carney Auditorium at 3 p.m. on Nov. 10. The film is open to the public, and reservations are not required.

For more information about all Operation Welcome Home events, which include memorial services and an REO Speedwagon concert, visit www.vietnamwelcomehome.com or call (937) 224-2817.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Street, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton. It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day). Admission and parking are free. For more information about the museum, visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil.


NOTE TO PUBLIC: For more information about the Veterans Tribute, please contact the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at (937) 255-1670.

NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, please contact Sarah Swan at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-1283.



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