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Museum volunteer to be inducted into Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame

DAYTON, Ohio -- Anna Beall, a Dayton resident and volunteer at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, will be inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Nov. 7 at Veterans' Memorial Auditorium in Columbus.

The Hall is dedicated to recognizing Ohio veterans who, after their military service, put their skills and abilities to work in their local communities. They are veterans who have continued to serve others, and by their continued service and positive accomplishments, inspired their fellow citizens. Beall is one of 15 people being inducted with the Class of 2013.

"I am just so thrilled and so honored," said Beall, who was an Army nurse in the Pacific Theater during World War II. "I never expected a recognition like this."

Beall has accumulated more than 1,000 hours of service since she began volunteering at the museum in March 2001. She assists as a gallery monitor in the World War II 8th Air Force Control Tower and Nissen Huts, located in the museum's Air Park.

She also has volunteered at Hospice of Dayton for 30 years and with the Library of Congress Veterans History Project, and often speaks to students at the Stivers School about her military experiences.

The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame was established in 1992 by former Gov. George Voinovich to recognize the post-military achievements of outstanding veterans. Charter members of the Hall's Class of 1993 included the six Ohio military veterans who were elected President of the United States and all Medal of Honor recipients from Ohio. Honorees of the past 18 years include astronauts, government officials, police officers, community leaders and veterans' advocates.

The Hall of Fame Executive Committee, comprised entirely of veterans, serves as advisors for the Hall of Fame and selects no more than 20 inductees annually from nominations provided by all citizens of Ohio. Men and women chosen for induction into the Hall come from all eras, all branches of service and all walks of life. The members of the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame are honored in a permanent display on the second floor of the Riffe Center in downtown Columbus.

Additional information and profiles of past inductees are available at http://dvs.ohio.gov/veterans_hall_of_fame.aspx.

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 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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