National Airline History Museum Event to Honor Veterans, Raise Funds for USO

Kansas City, Mo.—The National Airline History Museum will pay tribute to military men and women at Kansas City’s Salute to the USO, a Veteran’s Day weekend commemoration and fundraising event to be held Saturday, November 10 at the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport.

Nearly 200 local veterans will be in attendance and honored as USO guests. The event will also pay tribute to the 1940s, including the formation of the USO by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941 to support World War II troops and their families. The event will run from 6 to 11 p.m. in Hangar 9 with the program beginning at 6:30 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the USO and National Airline History Museum.

Guests will be encouraged to wear 1940s era clothing and military dress and treated to big band music and swing dancing from the Dave Stevens Band and the Kansas City Bettys, a USO-inspired group. In addition to vintage airplanes and cars on display, tours of the “Connie,” a restored Lockheed Constellation will be offered. Guests may also bid on silent auction items including a model of the “Connie” signed by actor and aviation enthusiast John Travolta.

For more information or to purchase tickets ($50), visit airlinehistory.org or call 816-421-3401.

Photo/video opportunities: veterans in military dress; performers and guests in 1940s era clothing; color guard presentation; vintage airplanes and cars.

About the National Airline History Museum The National Airline History Museum (NAHM) is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to preserve, maintain and operate historic aircraft. It is the nation’s premier commercial aviation museum, commemorating the development of commercial aviation while educating and inspiring the public.

About the USO The USO (United Service Organization) lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of locations around the world. A nonprofit, federally-chartered private organization, the USO is not part of the U.S. government, but is recognized by the Department of Defense, Congress and President of the United States, who serves as its Honorary Chairman.

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