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Spend Memorial Day at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

DAYTON, Ohio -- "We are the keepers of their stories." The National Museum of the United States Air Force's motto stands as a tribute to Air Force men and women who served their country, some of whom gave their lives. Visitors to the museum can honor those who have died during military service this Memorial Day, May 28.

Memorial Park, located adjacent to the museum, contains more than 500 memorials honoring Air Force groups and individuals. Visitors can walk along the paths of the park to see each memorial.

Exhibits located throughout the galleries tell the story of individuals who embody the Air Force core values: integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do. For example, the "Return with Honor: Prisoners of War in Southeast Asia" exhibit features Capt. Lance P. Sijan. During the Vietnam war his F-4 was shot down by the North Vietnamese. Although he had a broken leg, fractured skull and mangled hand, he evaded capture for 45 days. Sijan was interrogated but gave only his name and attempted escape several times. Due to lack of medical treatment and deteriorating health, he died.

Today, the U.S. Air Force honors personnel who exhibit the highest example of personal and professional leadership standards with the Lance P. Sijan Award. Other examples of bravery can be seen throughout the museum this Memorial Day.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Pike, 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. 

NOTE TO PUBLIC: For more information, please contact the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at (937) 255-3285, ext. 302.

NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, please contact Sarah Parke at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-4704, ext. 332.

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