The Museum of Flight recognizes Veterans Day with a short musical performance by the Boeing Employees Concert Band and ceremony at 12:00 PM featuring our 2019 Keynote Speaker, Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, color guard, and remarks from local city and Museum officials.
About Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli
General Peter W. Chiarelli U.S. Army (Retired) is the former Chief Executive Officer of One Mind, an organization that advocates for all affected by brain disease and injury. Chiarelli previously served as the 32nd Vice Chief of Staff in the Army, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Army and its 1.1 million active and reserve soldiers. Other military positions included commander of the Multi-National Corps-Iraq and Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.
In 2013, Chiarelli received the Patriot Award, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society's highest honor for his work to help soldiers and families suffering from the invisible wounds of war. Chiarelli holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Seattle University, a Master of Public Administration from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategy from Salve Regina University. He is also a graduate of the College of Naval Command and Staff, and the National War College.
During the celebration, representatives of Marysville Ford, Wells Fargo and Military Warriors Support Foundation will present a payment-free vehicle to retired U.S. Army Sergeant Matt Watters in honor of his service and sacrifice. The vehicle donation is made possible by Marysville Ford and Wells Fargo through Military Warriors Support Foundation’s Transportation4Heroes program.
About Sergeant Watters
Sergeant Watters joined the military in 1997 and after completing Basic Training, Airborne School and Ranger Indoctrination Program in 1998, he was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Lewis, Washington. Sergeant Watters reenlisted in 2001 after the attacks of 9/11 and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2002, where he was wounded while supporting combat operations and is the recipient of the Purple Heart. Sergeant Watters also received the Combat Action Badge, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Army Good Conduct Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, among other awards. Today, he lives in Sumner, Washington with his family.
Since 2012, Wells Fargo has donated more than 390 homes (valued at more than $60 million) and provided more than 30 vehicles for veterans in all 50 U.S. states supporting combat wounded veterans and Gold Star families in collaboration with local dealerships.
Since 2010, Military Warriors Support Foundation has awarded nearly 1,000 mortgage-free homes through its Homes4WoundedHeroes program and has assisted combat wounded veterans and their families in paying off over $20.7 million in debt through mentorship.
The celebration is FREE with Museum admission, so book your tickets today!
Complimentary admission on Monday, Nov. 11 for all Veterans and current military!
While you're here, join us for a special presentation by the American Fighter Aces Association!
A-1 Skyraider (“Sandy”) pilots Rick Drury and Tom Dwelle join HH3E “Jolly Green” helicopter pilot Jim Platt to discuss daring air combat rescue operations during the Vietnam War.