Dear Patrons, Members and Subscribers,

We are off to a good start for March at the museum and look forward to bringing everyone some wonderful events this Spring! We are especially excited about our upcoming "Rosie the Riveter Rose Garden" dedication on March 21. We were THE FIRST garden to plant the brand new "Rosie the Riveter Roses" as part of the living rose garden memorial that organizations across the country can register to be a part of. We are very proud to lead the way in celebrating our WWII Rosies. These special women were pioneers in the women's rights movement and we look forward to honoring them during Women's History Month. 

We've also got a great event at the end of the month, presented by our poet laureate, Alyce Cooper Smith, called "The Freedom Project". If you love jazz and poetry we encourage you to come out on March 31 to enjoy this event. Keep an eye out for a special email invite with more details. Next month's most exciting event is our big Month of the Military Child celebration, "Kid's Fest", slated for April 29. We've got some great partners on board who will make this day of celebrating our military kids very memorable. You can read a bit more about that event in our Save the Date write up, below. We'll also have much more on it in next month's issue of The Eagle

As you can see, we are kicking off Spring in the right way, along with many other organizations honoring our community's veterans. Find out more about when nonprofit, Courage to Call, is launching their food drive or when San Diego's Enforcers will face off with the USMC for a friendly football game to salute the troops! 

As always, I'd be remiss if I didn't thank all our volunteers and staff for the work they do to ensure our continuing success. Without volunteerism, we wouldn't be able to do what we do. 

And lastly, we want you to know we encourage and enjoy feedback on YOUR newsletter. Tell us what YOU want to see more of! Thanks to all our subscribers for tuning in and we'll see you at the museum! 

Captain Sheldon Margolis 
USN (Retired) 
President and CEO

  

What's going on at your museum? (Museum events or museum partners)
   
  •  Mar. 14 - High Tech High Veteran Appreciation Presentation
  •  Mar. 21 - Dedication Ceremony for Rosie the Riveter Roses
  • Save the Date: April 5 - Health Education Series Presentation 
  • Save the Date: April 29 - Kid's Fest Celebrating Month of the Military Child 
This Month

High Tech High presents veterans research projects at VMBP! -  March 14


Join us at the museum on Wednesday, March 14, at 5:30 PM for a special presentation by students from High Tech High Chula Vista. These students were charged with interviewing a veteran and then writing a report accompanied with photos. Students were taken on field trips to the museum and then to The USS Midway to get a stronger feeling of what it means to be a military service member, then interviewed veteran family members, friends of family and even the school soccer coach! Local non-profit The American History Theater helped students by providing feedback from the viewpoints of their Vice President and President, both veterans from different generations.  We invite you to come out and support our community's youth as they bridge the gap between the veteran population and San Diego's high school students. 

VMBP celebrates women's history with "Rosie the Riveter Rose Garden" dedication on Rosie the Riveter Day! -  March 21


Join us on March 21 at 2:30 PM on "Rosie the Riveter Day" for the  official dedication ceremony of a very special rose garden, planted with the newly debuted "Rosie the Riveter Roses". This is the official rose of the national " Rosie the Riveter Memorial Garden", and will soon begin to be planted in veteran memorial gardens across the nation. VMBP was honored to be the FIRST organization to plant the roses in their memorial rose garden! We are excited to be the pioneers in planting the roses, and for the opportunity to showcase these beautiful blooms and what they represent at our museum.
  
Rosie Roses are a beautiful sunset color
 A big thank you to Linda Laurie, Spirit of '45 National Coordinator and 
Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Gardens Project Manager, for making sure the VMBP became a part of this important national project. We will celebrate with Rosies from our community!  Help us celebrate women's history with some of the women movement's toughest pioneers! 


Would you like to learn more about this national Rosie the Riveter Roses project? Click below! 
Last Month
Let's Get to the Heart of the Matter-Ongoing Health Education Series 

A big thanks to Ginger Carter, nutritionist, for her presentation last month, "Let's Get to the Heart of the Matter" as part of our ongoing Health Education Series, powered by Juice Plus. 

 Carter specializes in autoimmue disorders with a focus on cancer and children's health. Her presentation centered around auto-immune and heart health through whole-food nutrients!

If you're looking for a new outlook and plan for better health, don't hesitate to give our Health Education Series a try! 


 Exhibits and Archives

Authentic WWII items highlighted in new West Wing exhibit! 

   Authentic WWII bomber jackets. 
Sperry compensating sight. 
Inspired by the recent VIP screening of San Diego GI Film Festival favorite, The Forgotten Hero, about U.S. Navy Cpt. E. Royce Williams, we are now displaying some of our WWII flight jackets. In our West Gallery, just off the main stage, are three leather flight jackets, commonly called Bomber Jackets. Their packets and symbols not only show when and where these pilots flew, but how many missions. On the back of the 
jacket are symbols of the bombers dropped from his plane. Each bomber represents a completed mission.

Along with the jackets, there is also a new donation to our collection: a Sperry Compensating Sight. These Sights were mounted in the front turrets of B-24 bombers.  They assisted the turret gunner with his accuracy by fact oring in, and compensating for, the plane's speed and latitude changes in its' targeting lines (the crosshairs).  The headgear commonly worn with the Compensating Sight is also on display with it. 

Keep an eye on "Exhibits and Archives" to stay up to date on new displays and exhibits at your museum! 

Save the Dates! Come get an edge on health or celebrate the Month of the Military Child this April! 

Save the dates! April has some great events we know our subscribers, patrons and members will want to take advantage of, so we're going giving all a heads up for April! 

April 5 - Health Education Series 
Join us at 6:30 PM on this date for the next presentation in our continuing Health Education Series! Join Certified Holistic Public Health Nurse, Staci Joy, as she explains why you need to "Love Your Gut: The Story of Your Microbiome." 

April 29: Kid's Fest 
Help us honor the resliency of our community's military kids during Kid's Fest on April 29 from 1-4 PM at the museum! We have a great day planned with other amazing Balboa Park partnersc such as The Museum of Photographic Arts and The Museum of Man. We'll also offer a  HUGE amount of hands-on art projects and interactive activities, along with musical performances, poetry performances and theater performances! We'll also feature BEAM, a telepresence robot which can connect kids with deployed parents with some extra perks involved! We'll be offering 15 minute sessions between parents and kids through a robot! You don't want to miss that! Come learn, create, and PLAY at the museum during Kid's Fest! 

"Calling all WWII Veterans"   

Do you know a WWII veteran who would like to go to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials built for their service and sacrifice? Honor Flight San Diego will be doing their next "Tour of Honor" on May 4 through May 6. The trip is no charge to WWII veterans.

Honor Flight San Diego knows there are many Southern California WWII veterans to be connected with and they need your help to get the word out. 

The 3-day  trip includes visits to the National World War II, Vietnam, Korea and Iwo Jima war memorials, U.S. Air Force memorial and U.S. Navy Yard museum. The veterans witness changing of the guard ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery and female veterans will tour the Women in Military Service for America National Memorial. But th e trip is more than visiting memorials - it is also a time for the veterans to share stories, make new friends and be honored for their service and sacrifice.

For more information about Honor Flight San Diego or to submit an application for a WWII veteran, go to:  HFSD



  
San Diego Enforcers are taking on the USMC this Saturday in their Salute to Service game!   

Are you missing football in San Diego? Then come out to support the semi-pro football team, the San Diego Enforcers as they take on the Marines from Camp Pendleton in their annual Salute to Service game. The Enforcers will honor military men and women for their service and sacrifice and at halftime, local WWII veterans will be honored.

The game will be held at the Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad. Gates open at 3 pm, pre-game ceremony starts at 3:30 pm and kickoff at 4 pm. A USMC veteran will sing the National Anthem and there will be a flyover to start the game.

The Enforcers have selected Honor Flight San Diego as their military charity of the season. Proceeds from this game will support WWII veterans on their "Tour of Honor" to Washington, D.C.  

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for active duty and veterans. Tickets can be purchased in advance  Here!

For more information about the Enforcers, visit: www.sandiegoenforcers.com

  
Hot off the presses - The Women Veterans issue for Women's History Month  

What does a women veteran look like? Who is Brenda Allen from the Taylor Sisters and who are the women history makers? The answers to these questions and so much more can be found in this month's edition.

Not only does Homeland feature inspiring stories but also resources, support and inspiration to veterans, service members, and the families who keep it all together.

Homeland is a San Diego veteran trusted resource reaching over 200,000 San Diego veterans, active duty, military families & 3.5 million nationwide.

Homeland is promoted and visible through our collaborative partners (The top veteran & military organizations in the country through print, social media, newsrooms, TV, Radio, summits & conferences). They are honored to share the work of so many committed and thoughtful people.

Free food distribution on March 24 at 10 am

Courage to Call in conjunction with Feeding America is doing a free food distribution twice a month for all active duty, veterans, guard, reservists and their families. It is always the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month at locations throughout San Diego County.
 
This month's info:
March 24  - Courage to Call, 9465 Farnham St, San Diego
 
For more information, go to: www.courage2call.org and to volunteer, please email: CouragetoCall@mhsinc.org
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