Harley-Davidson Museum Honoring Vets Nov. 4-7

October 26, 2010
Bryan Harley
Bryan Harley
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Harley-Davidson war-time motorcycles from WWI.
Harley-Davidson’s contributions to the American military go way back. This shot is from WWI. I think they should bring this particular model back for public consumption.
(photo copyright of H-D Archives).

We Salute You, Veterans!

That’s the rally cry of the Harley-Davidson Museum as it prepares to celebrate the upcoming Veterans Day. In honor of the brave men and women who diligently serve our country, the Museum is offering veterans and their families free admission from Nov. 4-7 with valid identification. This offer is extended to all military personnel (active, reserve, discharged and retired) and their immediate family (one adult and up to four children under the age of 18).

Scheduled events include a Gallery Talk about H-D’s relationship with the military on Thursday at 2 p.m. An Archives staff member will discuss the history of military vehicles and Harley-Davidson’s wartime contributions.

Friday’s events are highlighted by “Untold Stories: A Tribute to Pearl Harbor.” Guest speaker Dana Harbaugh will talk about his military background, share photographs of PHSA members and discuss why he decided to create the “Metal of Honor,” a Pearl Harbor tribute motorcycle.

Saturday will be the best day to visit as the Day of Honor will be highlighted by a Veteran’s Day Parade at 11 a.m. For riders interested in participating, it starts at 4th and Kilbourn and will end at the War Memorial. Later that day, the St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy will be performing a ceremony at the Museum honoring war veterans from WW I to current conflicts in period-correct military uniforms. The ceremony will honor six branches of the military and conclude with a 21 gun salute. St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy’s “Silver Rifles” will also perform. The Exhibition Drill Team will demonstrate precision marching as well as rifle spinning and tossing.

Glory, a bald eagle, will be on-site as an ambassador for the Harley-Davidson Museum, Boy Scouts will be on hand to conduct a ceremonial flag retirement ceremony, and the Museum is having an American Flag Collection where they will properly retire any worn American flag that’s brought in. The Museum is also conducting a Troop Care Collection Package, so if you have contributions for our servicemen and women, please bring it on down.

If you’re in the Milwaukee area from Nov. 4-7, stop on by. The Museum is open from 10-6 daily. Harley-Davidson will be showing its support for our Armed Services and invites you to do the same.

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