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Our Lives, Our Stories: America's Greatest Generation

Start Date: April 14, 2015, 10:00 AM
End Date: May 24, 2015, 5:00 PM
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The Silent Wings Museum is excited to present its new exhibition Our Lives, Our Stories: America’s Greatest Generation. This exhibition explores the life arc of a single generation—the stories of their lives, told in their words—from birth to old age.

Born in the 1910s and 1920s, this generation of people was decisively shaped by their experiences during the Depression and World War II. They went on to make the “baby boom” and shape the economic boom of the postwar era, and to become some of the twentieth century’s most influential figures. Today—well into the 21st century—we are all living with their legacy. This exhibition from the Minnesota Historical Society draws on the stories and memories gathered together to help us begin to understand not only who they were, but who we are.

World War II has never been far from the center of American popular memory—in books, movies, television, museums, and memorials. But in the last decade, attention has shifted from the events and the outsized personalities of the war to the men and women who were on the war’s front lines, at home and abroad, ordinary people who made an extraordinary difference. The focus on the war—which for Americans lasted less than four years—has led us, perhaps, to overlook the experiences of lifetimes. This exhibition seeks to restore wholeness to these histories, to listen to our elders over the entire extent of their lives. 

The Silent Wings Museum honors the great sacrifices given by the Allied forces on D-Day and commemorates our country’s veterans on Veterans Day. All visitors are welcomed with free admission to the museum and scheduled activities. Mark your calendars and join us this year for the D-Day Anniversary and Veterans Day events! For more information on an event or to book your special event at Silent Wings Museum please contact us at (806) 775-3331 or email info@silentwingsmuseum.com.
                              

Spirit of '45 Day

Start Date: August 09, 2014, 10:00 AM
End Date: August 09, 2014, 5:00 PM

The Silent Wings Museum in Lubbock, Texas will celebrate the Spirit of ‘45 Day on Saturday, August 9, 2014 with a free one-day event that provides an opportunity for America to say “Thank you!” to those who served in uniform and those who supported them on the home front during the WWII era.  

In 2010, Congress voted unanimously in favor of observing a national Spirit of ‘45 Day on the second weekend of every August, coinciding with the anniversary of the historic day when President Harry S. Truman announced that World War II was over.

There will be an opportunity to visit with local veteran organizations, children’s educational activities, a military equipment display and an afternoon ceremony followed by light refreshments. For more information about the Silent Wings Museum’s Spirit of ‘45 Day contact the museum at 806.775.3049.

Saturday, August 9, 2014
Museum Hours for the Spirit of ‘45 Day: Saturday, August 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

10:00am         
Museum opens to the public
Self-guided tours
Educational children’s activities all day
Military equipment display

2:00pm           
Afternoon ceremony begins and will feature a wreath laying, taps, mayoral proclamation and a performance by Moonlight Musical’s youth ensemble, Moonlight Directions, followed by light refreshments in the Silent Wings Museum Hangar Gallery