SEATTLE, Nov. 1, 2011--The Museum recognizes the contributions of America's veterans at the annual Veterans Day Ceremony. The events begin on the eleventh hour of the eleventh month with chamber music performed by the internationally touring bass and cello duo, Bottom Line Duo. The Boeing Employees' Concert Band will perform patriotic music from noon to 1 p.m., followed by a 1 p.m. ceremony featuring Museum President and CEO Doug King, City of Tukwila Mayor Jim Haggerton, City of Tukwila Councilmembers, and the Civil Air Patrol Overlake Squadron color guard.
Speaking for veterans at the ceremony will be World War II fighter pilot, USAF Capt. Clayton "Kelly" Gross. Gross is a Silver Star recipient, and is recognized as an ace with six aerial combat victories. Also in attendance will be World War II fighter pilots Joseph McGraw and Bob Drew.
There will also be special programs for youth, adults and families. On Veterans Day all U.S. veterans and current U.S. military personnel will be admitted to the Museum free of charge.
Featured World War II Fighter Pilots
USAF Capt. Clayton "Kelly" Gross is an ace with six aerial combat victories-including one of the first victories a conventional fighter aircraft against a German ME 262 jet fighter; Navy Capt. Joseph McGraw is an ace with five victories while fighting in the Pacific theater, he later flew 80 missions during the Korean War; and USAF 2nd Lt. Bob Drew was a fighter pilot in the Pacific Theater, who later flew for the California Air National Guard and a test pilot for Douglas Aircraft in the 1950s and 1960s.
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