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Armistice Day Becomes Veterans Day
World War I officially ended on June 28, 1919, with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. The actual fighting between the Allies and Germany, however, had ended seven months earlier with the armistice, which went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. Armistice Day, as November 11 became known, officially became a holiday in the United States in 1926, and a national holiday 12 years later. On June 1, 1954, the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor all U.S. veterans.
A military parade with crowds of excited spectators along 5th Avenue, in celebration of Armistice day and peace in Europe following World War One, New York, 1918. (Photo by Paul Thompson/FPG/Getty Images)
In 1968, new legislation changed the national commemoration of Veterans Day to the fourth…
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“Perspectives”, an exhibit of 25 individual photographs and quotes is the Museum of the American Military Family (MAMF) & Learning Center’s latest exhibit. Curated by MAMF Executive Director, Dr. Circe Olson Woessner, this exquisite mini exhibit tells the military family story through the photos and words of actual military family members.
Perspectives will debut at the UNM Veteran’s Appreciation Day event and will remain on display for an extended period at the Veteran’s Resource Center at the University.
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DOUGHNUT DOLLIES IN VIETNAM – A VETERANS DAY SALUTE BY THE MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN MILITARY FAMILY MUSEUM (MAMF), THE RED CROSS, AND EXPLORAPosted: October 25, 2015
For additional information: Dr. Circe Olson Woessner, MAMF Executive Director, 505-504-6830.
“We can make them smile, but we can’t keep them alive,” was a mantra for some 600 young women who went to Vietnam in the late 1960s as the famous “Doughnut Dollies” sent by the Red Cross as a morale booster for U.S. soldiers in combat. The Dollies’ story will be told on November 14 at Explora in a film and discussion program sponsored by the Museum of the American Military Family (MAMF) in collaboration with the Red Cross and the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department.
The film, “A Touch of Home – the Vietnam War’s Red Cross Girls” – will be shown continuously between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. A Red Cross historian and staff members of MAMF will be on hand to lead discussions about the work of these women placed in a war zone “armed only with a smile.” A former Doughnut Dolly will tell what it was like to leave home right out of school and go off to a dangerous war and witness the devastation and horror of combat. Hostesses in vintage Doughnut Dolly dresses and the pinup girls from Heels for Combat Boots will interact with visitors throughout the day. A Huey Helicopter, of the kind flown in Vietnam, will be on display in the Explora parking lot.
Visitors will be invited to write on a “Memory Board” about their own military experiences; or what would provide them a “touch of home” while away. The Explora team will offer their normal full range of exciting programs.
. The program begins at 11:00 a.m. with an all-female Color Guard from the Bataan Military Academy.
Veterans and active duty military personnel will be admitted free on that day. Explora is at 1701 Mountain Road NW, Old Town. Tel: 505-224-0606. www.explora.us.
September 18, 2015
GALA FOR MAMF IN COLLABORATION WITH LGBTQ MILITARY VETERAN COMMUNITY
A “U-S-OH MY” variety show at Albuquerque’s Sidewinders Bar on Sunday evening, October 4, will raise funds for the Museum of the American Military Family (MAMF) and its initiatives to recognize LGBTQ Military Veterans and their families.
Drag queens, comedians, and rappers, along with Ms. Mozzy Dee from Heels for Combat and the Route 66 Pin-Up Girls will enliven the Sidewinders stage to celebrate the Museum and its programs. Besides plenty of food and drink, there will be prizes and give-aways throughout the show.
Entertainers and the Sidewinders staff are donating event proceeds to MAMF to help with its mission of encouraging military families of all branches and ages to understand and appreciate their impact throughout history and to inform the general public of the value of military families to our nation’s national defense.
The show runs from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Admission free. Attendees must be twenty-one or older. Sidewinders Bar, 8900 Central SE, Albuquerque 87123.
MAMF will be collecting hats, gloves, and scarves for homeless women and children during the event…