Chennault Aviation & Military Museum invites all veterans and their families to a Veterans Day Program on November 11th taking place at the Museum located at 701 Kansas Lane. The program is a celebration of veterans of all wars as well as an opportunity to light the Museum’s annual Freedom Trees which celebrate veterans of each military branch.
The program will include a speech by Monroe Mayor Friday Ellis. Mayor Ellis is a Marine veteran who enlisted in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. He spent time around the country as a Marine with his wife, Ashley, before settling in Monroe. The Southern Grace Singers will sing patriotic songs before and during the event.
Museum President and CEO Nell Calloway said of the event, “Every day is Veterans Day at the Museum, but this year it is even more important to thank our heroes. They have not only kept us safe from enemies both domestic and foreign but they have been on the front lines with COVID-19 and through three devastating hurricanes. We light our freedom trees at the Chennault Aviation & Military Museum on Veterans Day to remind people that it is because of our veterans that we can celebrate this holiday season with our freedoms intact.”
Refreshments will be served starting at 4 PM, provided by Super 1 Foods Monroe. The program will begin at 5 PM. The public is invited to join as the Museum not only celebrates Veterans Day but also salutes all service members with the lighting of the freedom trees.
The Chennault Aviation & Military Museum is a 501©3 non-profit. Spanning all wars from Civil War through Iraqi Freedom and representing all military branches, the Museum honors veterans, soldiers, and patriotism.
The museum takes an active role in veteran and community outreach. A free PTSD support group for combat veterans, led by a Vietnam Veteran and PhD Psychologist, is hosted in the museum’s library twice a month. History is preserved through the recording of veteran oral histories which are given to the family as well as sent to the Library of Congress for preservation. The General Chennault Chapter 51 of the Disabled American Veterans Association (DAV) meets monthly at the Museum. The DAV certified Service Officers advocate for veterans and their families to receive earned benefits. The General Chennault Chapter 51 also provides van service, providing free transportation to the VA medical center in Jackson, Mississippi.
The Chennault Aviation Park will open this fall. The outdoor pavilion and display will showcase seven restored military aircraft and more. This project creates a variety of interest for visitors along with educational opportunities for local schools and universities with particular emphasis on Stem curriculum. The addition makes CAMM a much more powerful engine of economic development in the region.
Admission to the museum is free, but donations are appreciated. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and is located at 701 Kansas Lane, Monroe, LA 71203.