SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
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USAA “Poppy Exhibit” – May 27 – Sept 5
A special version of USAA’s “Poppy Wall of Honor” will open as a temporary exhibit at the USS Midway Museum. Visitors to the special Poppy Exhibit will have the opportunity to learn more about the true meaning of Memorial Day, the poppy flower as an international symbol of remembrance, and conflicts since WWI. The seven feet by seven feet exhibit will also provide an interactive display to encourage visitors to pause and reflect on the more than 645,000 military service members who gave their lives in service to our country.
“We are honored to work with the USS Midway Museum to extend the presence of the Poppy Wall of Honor as part of the community’s Memorial Day ceremonies and events,” said David Dearie, military affairs representative for USAA in San Diego. “Our commitment to helping raise awareness of the true meaning of Memorial Day remains strong, and we hope visitors will appreciate the additional opportunity to pause and remember all those that gave their lives in service to our country.”
The larger Poppy Wall of Honor exhibit in Washington, D.C. features more than 645,000 poppy flowers, one for each American servicemember who gave their life in service to our nation since World War I. A second Poppy Exhibit will be located at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus, Ohio.
The USS Midway Museum invites guests to remember those who have paid the ultimate price serving our country by submitting a picture on our Virtual Remembrance Wall. This wall is an opportunity to publicly honor their legacy and thank these courageous individuals for their sacrifice for our freedom. Select photos will be printed and displayed in a temporary exhibit that will be onboard May 27 – 30. This event is included in regular Museum admission.
THE MUSIC MACHINE, Bonita Vista High School Mixed Show Choir
As part of the USS Midway Museum’s annual Legacy Week line-up, enjoy live entertainment on the flight deck by one of San Diego’s top-ranked advanced mixed show choirs, the Bonita Vista Music Machine on Saturday, May 28! Be sure to head to the flight deck to get your seats for this entertaining patriotic performance! This event is included in regular Museum admission.
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Arizona Band Performance
As part of the USS Midway Museum’s annual Legacy Week line-up, enjoy live entertainment on the flight deck. Listen to the patriotic sounds of an amazing ensemble of US Coast Guard Auxiliary instrumentalists! This is a timed performance so be sure to head to the flight deck to get your seats! There will be two performance times. Be sure to join us at 11 am or 2:15 pm. This event is included in regular Museum admission.
Meet the Aviators and the Planes They Flew – May 29
Join us on Sunday, May 29 to meet incredible former aviators and the aircraft they flew.
Come aboard Midway to learn about flying a F-14 Tomcat, E-2 Hawkeye, and more from these experts! This event is included in regular Museum admission.
Join us on Memorial Day, May 30 at 9 am PST for a special wreath ceremony event streamed via Facebook Live. Inspire patriotism and appreciation for those who serve by honoring the fallen. This event will include guest speakers, taps, and tossing of wreaths over the ship.
National Moment of Remembrance – May 30 at 3 pm PDT
Established into law by Congress in 2000, the National Moment of Remembrance is when Americans pause and observe a moment of silence at 3 pm on Memorial Day to honor those who have fallen while serving in the U.S. military.
As noted by the National Moment of Remembrance Act, “Congress called on the people of the United States, in a symbolic act of unity, to observe a National Moment of Remembrance to honor the men and women of the United States who died in the pursuit of freedom and peace.”
Join us on the flight deck to observe a moment of silence, or wherever you are, to pause and remember those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice while in uniform.
Thank you for participating.
Blood Drive – May 30 at 10 am – 4 pm PDT
Stop by the San Diego Blood Bank trailer on Navy Pier (within the Ace Parking Lot) to make a donation!
Donors will receive one (1) free pass to the USS Midway Museum, while supplies last.
Click below to make your appointment to donate!
Facebook Live Videos – May 27 – May 30
Experience Legacy Week from the comfort of your home! We will be broadcasting several of our events and activities all weekend long. Be sure to like Midway’s Facebook page, subscribe to the live streams and engage as the action happens. Share your stories and thoughts about your heroes on all of Midway’s social channels including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!
United Through Reading Story Recording May 28 10am-4pm
United Through Reading keeps military families reading ready, no matter the distance between them. We invite service members and veterans to visit the United Through Reading recording location on the flight deck of the USS Midway to video record a story for the special child in your life on May 28th, 10 am until 4 pm.
Families stay connected through story time video recordings of and books sent to military families. These stories ease the stress of time apart due to military duty, maintain positive emotional connections, and cultivate a love of reading and early childhood literacy. Since 1989, 2.7 million military members and their families have benefited from the program.
Docuseries: United Stories of America
NEW EPISODES AVAILABLE NOW!
In celebration of Veterans Day, we are thrilled to share the first three episodes of United Stories of America Season 2.
United Stories of America is a video series launched in 2019 in partnership with USAA to highlight the endless stories that can be found aboard the USS Midway. Season 1 focused on the faces of history, highlighting 6 heroes that we are lucky to call Midway Volunteers and their personal stories. Season 2 will focus on the 47 years of Midway service punctuated by milestone events and eventually culminating in its arrival in San Diego to become a museum.