Dear Patrons, Members and Subscribers,

We hope everyone has been out enjoying some of the warmer days as we continue to move into Spring! We also hope you are thinking about coming to enjoy the museum as we get ready to finish the month strong and jump headlong into May! 

At the end of the month we will host a HUGE day for our military kids as our way of honoring The Month of the Military Child. April 29, at 10 AM, we'll kick off KidFUNFest at the museum. We've got something for kids of all ages, from interactive mazes, educational projects, arts, crafts, performers and a HAPPINESS parade around the museum where your littles are encouraged to dress up in whatever costume they'd like to participate! As many know, military kids have a hard time sometimes as Mom or Dad, or both, are gone on long training missions and deployments. They are also uprooted often and are charged with leaving their old friends behind and having to make new friends. Help us come out and celebrate these tough kids during KidFUNFest! 

We are also very excited as Honor Flight San Diego embarks on another trip to Washington, DC to bring veterans to visit their memorials and thank them for their service and sacrifice. There are 65 WWII veterans and 15 Korea era veterans on the trip and you are invited to give them the heroes welcome they deserve. If you'd like to be part of the Welcome Homecoming on May 6th, read below. 

This week is National Volunteer Week and we could not do what we do without our volunteers. They truly keep the museum running and the doors open. So THANK YOU to all our wonderful volunteers!  

We hope everyone has a great rest of April 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)
  • April 20 - WWI Special Pop-up Exhibit WWI From the Archives 
  • April 29 - Kid's Fest Celebrating Month of the Military Child 
  • Save the date: May 6 - Honor Flight San Diego Homecoming (2 pm Terminal 2 Baggage Claim)
  • Save the date: May 24 - VMBP Volunteer Appreciation Dinner "Speak Easy" (6 pm)
  • Save the date: May 26 - Veterans Wreath Ceremony on USS Midway (9 am) 
Upcoming Events

Balboa Park comes together to celebrate the Month of the Military Child with KidFUNFest! 
April 29 10 AM - 4 PM 

This month we are proud to celebrate the Month of the Military Child with a FUN packed day of arts, education, entertainment and more! Join us April 29 for KidFUNFest! We have partnered with many other museums and organizations to provide a day with more fun than you can imagine!

Take a crack at being an artist with a wide array of arts and crafts or enjoy one of our many performances to include jazz music, poetry and big  band music! We've also partnered with museums such as The Museum of Man and The Museum of Photographic Arts, who will provide fun interactive activites for kids and adults alike! We'll also offer plenty of educational activities, an interactive maze and a special visit from BEAM, the Mobile Telepresence robot! This inovative robot will be on hand to connect military p arents and kids who are currently seperated due to service.

Right now we are on the lookout for those who would like to take advantage of BEAM. Are you a kid  wh o would like to use a robot to contact Mom or Dad while they are away?   To learn more about how to sign up to use BEAM the Telepresence Robot, you can contact our arts director, "Tony the Vet" LoBue at artsdirector@

As most know, being a military kid can be tough. It's hard to say goodbye to Mom or Dad for long periods of time as they fulfill their duty to serve our great country. They are also subject to having to move often as parents go from duty station to duty station. Although it can be tough, miltitary kids learn to be strong through it all. This month help us celebrate the resilience and pride of our community's military kids! 

Go to our KidFUNFest website if you want to   LEARN MORE!
Also, don't forget to follow our Facebook at  KidFUNFest! 
Last Month
Love Your Gut: The Story of Your Microbiome shares importance of gut health!

A big thanks to Staci Joy, author and Certified Holistic Public Health Nurse for her presentation, "Love Your Gut: The Story of Your Microbiome" at the museum on April 5. 

 Staci Joy's presentation shared the ways in which your gut health is connected to the proper function of the entire rest of the body! 

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

Special Topic Pop-up Exhibit World War I From the Archives   
April 20-May 31

For the remainder of April  until May 13 , we  w il l feature our first  Special Topic Pop-Up Exhibit World W ar I , From the Archives  will feature a selection of uniforms, photographs and printed material from "The Greatest War". 

This exhibit can be viewed with general admission to the museum,  $5  general admission,  $4  for military/students/seniors. It will be available during our business hours of  10 AM  to  4 PM Tuesday - Sunday , pending special events. We invite you to come help us honor the  hist ory  and  legacy  of those who served and sacrificed during the  Greatest War
Donation: World War II Posters from 1943

The VMBP has added 3 new posters to its collection thanks to the generous donation of Dana DensonIssued from the U.S. Go vernment Printing Office in 1943, these art works  address 3 of the great  hemes of WWII posters: Sacr ifice, Service and Secrecy.

If You Tell Where They're Going...They May Never Get There! reminded the public that what seemed like an off-handed comment or chit chat could prove to be a serious security breach.

Plant a Victory Garden. Our Food is
Fighting encourages the American public to be proactive  and grow their own vegetables so more food could be diverted to the troops.

They Did Their Part. Now  you Do Yours , features the
 five Sullivan brothers who were killed in  action when  th eir ship, the  U SS Juneau (CL-52), was hit by a torpedo while it was leaving the  Guadalcanal Campaign.

With thousands of civilians working in the retooled defense plants, in military administrative  positions
and on the hundreds of training camps and b
ases that had sprung up around the  country, information security was a very serious issue.

Would you like to contribute to our military archives? Contact our archivist, Lucy Saltmarsh, at to learn more about how you can do just that! 
Keep a lookout for upcoming military poster exhibit and learn how you can help! 

The VMBP has a growing collection of military posters.  We are currently planning a new Military Posters Exhibit for later this year or early 2019. This will be the first time many of these amazing posters have been on display here at the VMBP. This will be the first time these posters have ever been on display.

To be displayed, each fragile poster requires archival quality protective acid
free sheeting and matting at a cost of $50-$100.  You can be a vital partner with the mus eum in making this exhibit happen.  Look for photos of all our posters in the next coming weeks on our Facebook Page. Find a poster that touches you personally or the service of a family member, and sponsor it in honor or in memory of your loved one. Sponsorship can be in-full or in-part. No giving amount is too small or too large! 

Honor Flight San Diego Homecoming 
May 6 at 2 pm

Let's give these heroes the homecoming they may not have received when they returned him from WWII and Korea!  Honor Flight San Diego will be returning from their "Tour of Honor" on Sunday, May 6. The flight  will return from Washington, DC at 2 pm to Terminal 2 baggage claim. There will be 1,000 people wearing red, white and blue, waving American flags, saluting these men and women and welcoming them home.

On this flight are 65 WWII veterans and 15 Korean era veterans. There are men and women from every branch of service, bronze star recipients, men who served behind enemy lines, former POW's and 4 Marines who survived the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir. 

To get updates about the flight, please go to their Facebook page at:  Facebook
For more information about Honor Flight San Diego go to:  Website

We will need men and women in uniform to "man the rails" and as honor detail as the veterans deplane. Interested members can check-in with Gary (in Honor Flight shirt) when they arrive.   
Do you know a female Marine who served aboard Camp Pendleton?

If you you served there between 1943 and today's date,  we want to hear from you.

In celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Women Marines at Camp Pendleton, the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce, along with the Camp Pendleton Historical Society, is planning the production of a commemorative publication marking this historic milestone for trailblazing women.  Members of Chapters CA-2 and CA-7 of the Women Marines Association will assist in this endeavor.
Everyone has a story to tell and who better to tell yours than your sister Marines.  So, let us hear from you.  Send us photos and memorabilia along with a written description of your assignments and experiences while at Camp Pendleton.  We have editors to assist you with the final product and a photographer who will take photos and scan items for you.  Your article must meet with your approval before it is published.
Let's remember those who have come before us and recognize those who are yet to come.
For more information call (442)500-8105 or email:
On Saturday, April 21, from 9 am to 5 pm, the  San Diego County Chapter and Oceanside Chapter of Women Marines Association will be having an open house at Veterans Village of San Diego to learn about the Association and to bring your stories, items for the Commemorative publication of our story at Camp Pendleton. There will be photographers, writers to assist you with your stories.
The address for Veterans Village of San Diego is: 4141 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA. 92110
VMBP "Speakeasy" Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
May 24 at 6-9 PM 
Join us at the museum for an old-fashioned "speakeasy" as we honor our museum volunteers for 2017! Without our volunteers, we would not be as successful a s we are. The event starts at 6 PM on Thursday, May 24 and will include a Taco Feast and a special concert by Westwind Brass.

All volunteers that register will get a free meal and drink, with their families receiving a meal at a reduced price. Those who are not a volunteer or a volunteer's family member may still attend the concert and get a meal for just $14.72 (meals automatically come with this price).
The dinner is a 1920's inspired "speakeasy" and attendees are encouraged to even dress in 20's inspired attire! We are so thankful for our volunteers, and look forward to providing all with a night of food, dancing and live band music!

To register, grab tickets for family or to purchase a full-price ticket go to:  REGISTER NOW!
USS Midway Veterans Wreath Ceremony on Saturday, May 26 at 9 AM

Join us for a patriotic and inspirational Veterans 
Wreath Ceremony!  This event will honor veterans from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War & the Global War on Terrorism.

There will be a special acknowledgement  of the 65th anniversary of the Korean War.

This free event will feature:
  • Featured Speaker, RADM Yancy Lindsey Commanding Officer, Navy Region Southwest
  • A flyover
  • Retired Veterans and Heroes in attendance
  • Audience participation
  • The tossing of biodegradable wreaths over the ship
  • The live sounds of Taps
This event is free to the public and admission to the museum following the ceremony is included for Wreath Ceremony attendees arriving before 9:30 am.

For more information, go to:  USS Midway events   
Hot off the presses - The Month of the Military Child

Military Service is Family Service, Strengthening Family Support, Silver Start Recipient received Honor Salute by Camp Pendleton Marines and Be the Change you want to be. You can read these and stories and much more 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 April 28 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:
April 28  - Courage to Call, 9465 Farnham St, San Diego
For more information, go to: and to volunteer, please email:
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To donate to the museum:
The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park, 2115 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101
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