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Hello museum members and supporters! As you may have realized, the Eagle launched a bit late this month, albeit for a good reason. On Wednesday, June 10, the Board of Directors voted to change the museum's name and official logo which will be part of rebranding the museum. To coincide with the new look we knew we had to update the Eagle format as well. In order for our supporters to read the newsletter on mobile devices, we have changed the Eagle design to make it easy to scan. 
In the new logo you may have noticed that the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center has changed its name to The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park. We chose this name to better align us with the other museums and Balboa Park. Our goal is for all guests to have a full cultural experience and draw the attention the museum deserves. Our true north and mission remain the same - to honor veterans by telling their personal stories.
We hope you like the new changes and welcome any and all feedback.
                                                                                        Captain Sheldon Margolis 
                                                                                        USN (retired)
                                                                                        Executive Director 
What's going on at your museum?
  • June 6: General Cardenas Bust Dedication (2 p.m.)
  • June 6: 71st Anniversary of D-Day documentary show (5 p.m.)
  • June 15-20: Museum is closed for cleaning, floor refinishing
  • June 24: BentProp Project Presentation (6 p.m.)
  • June 27: United Veterans Council Meeting (9:30 a.m.)
  • June 27: Monthly Memorial Service (12:00 to 1:30 p.m.)
  • July 4: Revolutionary War movies and documentary
  • Aug: Members Meeting and Social
  • Aug 9: Spirit of '45 Celebration
  • Aug 15-29: "Remember our Fallen Heroes" exhibit 
Last month
San Diego County Ride for Vets
The museum was stop #3 of 5 on the San Diego Ride for Vets. The ride started at the USMC Flying Leatherneck Museum and stopped at Fort Rosecrans before coming to the museum. At the museum we were fortunate to have the 9/11 Memorial Flag as part of Operation Never Forget. This flag was comprised of 2983 4x6 flags American flags representing each victim from the World Trade Center, Pentagon and Flight #93. San Diego was the last stop on the West Coast tour.   

 
Memorial Day Remembrance 
Memorial Day weekend at the museum is a special time. Each year and over a three-day period, the Vietnam Veterans of America read every name of MIA or KIA Vietnam veterans from San Diego County. The ceremony includes guest speakers, a candlelight vigil and the playing of taps. Even though it rained on Memorial Day, it did not deter the guests at the ceremony and at the museum. Big thanks to local media who covered the event. 
This month
General Cardenas Bust Dedication
The B-24 bomber in the Veterans Memorial Garden needed a pilot and who better to be the model for the pilot then San Diego native, Brigadier General Robert Cardenas. A ceremony was held on Saturday, June 6 which was also the 71st anniversary of D-Day. The day was perfect to honor a military hero. Check Facebook for more pictures and stop by the garden to see the statue's new (and permanent) home!   

 
BentProp Project Presentation June 24  at 6 p.m.
Last month BentProp members traveled to Alton, IL for a ceremony recognizing Paul Bensman. AOM2C Paul Bensman was a member of a US Navy Avenger lost over Peleliu on September 15th, 1944. In 2006, the BentProp Project located his aircraft. The team, as always conducted a flag ceremony at the site.
The BentProp Project is a small group of volunteers with varied backgrounds from across the country who search for missing WWII planes, remains and artifacts. Created over two decades ago, it has resulted in the repatriation of several missing Americans (three missing aircraft associated with seven missing Americans in the past two years). The presentation on June 24th will highlight this year's discovery and discuss what three SDSU students found during their time in Palau.
The project has been so successful over the years that Anderson Cooper and 60 Minutes showcased them twice in eight months. You can view the story here:
Welcome New Volunteers!!
Without our volunteers we could not operate. THANK YOU to each and every volunteer who has helped to keep the museum running!
This month we welcome Gisette Rodriguez who can be found welcoming guests and working in the Gift Store.
And we need more volunteers!  
Whether you help for a project or a set day and time each week, we know that we can find a job that fits you. On Saturday, June 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the museum will be working with San Diego Parks and Rec department to redo all the landscaping around the museum. We need 10-20 volunteers that day. If you or your organization would like to help, please contact Diane at (619)239-2300.
Amazon Smile Supports the Veterans Museum with Donations

Did you know that you can support the Veterans Museum every time you shop online at Amazon.com by signing up with AmazonSmile?  It is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Veterans Museum  at no cost to you. By signing up and shopping at smile.amazon.com, you'll find the exact same low prices with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the Veterans Museum.

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device with your existing Amazon.com account or create a new account.  You will need select the charity of you choice and we encourage you to type in and select the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center.  Amazon will remember your selection and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation to our museum.

You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

 
Save the Date!
Spirit of '45 - Coming Aug. 9th
This year is the 70th Anniversary of "The Greatest Generation's Greatest Day" - August 14, 1945 - the day World War II ended.  Please join us in this nationwide celebration that honors WWII veterans for their service and sacrifice and celebrates their achievements. 
 
In addition to a formal program and live music and dancing, veterans will be on deck to share their stories from WWII.  Last year we had 1,000 people attend this event including 200 WWII veterans who came to San Diego via Honor Flight!
 
If you would like to help with planning, promotions or day-of volunteering, contact D aniel DeMarco at (619) 569-6230 or via email: dan.demarco1@gmail.com .


 
Recent Donations to the Museum's Artifact Collection

Operation Game Warden riverine plaque from PBRDivision 593. J. Davy 

 

Henry Cuilty of San Diego donated a collection of Vietnam era Navy and Marine Corps photographs.

 

Don Dale of San Diego donated two manuscripts to our library.

 

James Davy of San Diego loaned a collection of artifacts, photographs, and memorabilia from Vietnam era Riverine Forces for our Vietnam Exhibit.

 

Pablo and Luis Gomez of San Diego loaned Three WWI trench art artillery shell casings for our trench art exhibit.

 

Judith Haddox of San Diego donated a WWI photo album from Alvin Jones with photos of his time  with the 372th Aero Sqdn. in

England, France, New York and his trip back to California after the war.  She also donated a C&H Sugar Bag that would hold 60 lbs of

Alvin Jones (r) and Art Cook (l) in France, c 1919.  Judith Haddox 

sugar bound for Saigon Vietnam in 1965.

 

Duncan Hunter of El Cajon donated his marine uniforms, photographs, artifacts and memorabilia from Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

Will Jones of San Diego donated a collection of current Marine Corps uniforms

 

Sheldon Margolis of San Diego loaned a collection of artifacts and memorabilia of Vietnam era Riverine Forces for our Vietnam Exhibit.

 

Benny Rodriguez of San Diego loaned photographs and artwork for our Vietnam Exhibit

 

Timothy Sernett of San Diego donated a collection of WWII army haversacks, musette bags, belts, suspenders and miscellaneous equipment.

Benny Rodriguez in front of his 155mm M-106 self propelled gun talking to a Red Cross Donut Dolly, An Loc c. 1968.   Benny Rodriguez 

 

Betty Wunderlich of San Diego donated a WWII Japanese Army Officers' sword.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome New and Returning Members! 

Victor Bianchini * 

Kathleen Bruyere
A. Thomas Burke, Jr.*
Deborah Burke*
Jo Comier*
Martha Gagnon
Daniel Murray Family
Bruce & Beverly Smith Family
Collin Sullivan
Edward Weikel

* Life Member
 
Come View Our Current Exhibits

Vietnam Remembered: A 50th Anniversary Retrospective
Presidio to Pacific Powerhouse: The Military in Balboa Park 1915 to 1945
"Hold at All Costs" The last battle of the Korean War
World War I
China Burma India
World War II
B-24 Gallery
Iraq
UDT-SEALS Operations Past & Present
San Diego's Medal of Honor Recipients 
Dennis Schoville Vietnam Veteran
USS Orleck (DD-886)
Adam Sustackek, U.S. Coast Guard Women's Military History
5 Murals by Richard DeRosset

 

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