VISIT Milwaukee Blog
| Thursday, August 09, 2012
By Bill Prange
Web Marketing Specialist
There are few things closer to my heart than supporting those who support us – the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces. That’s why I’ve had this weekend highlighted on my calendar all summer, when there will be a convergence of three special events taking place, each celebrating an element of our military. Milwaukee will get an inside look at our our armed forces that is usually not seen by the general public.
The action started this week with Navy Week. Milwaukee is one of 15 American cities that will be celebrating Navy Week, in conjunction with the commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. Navy Week showcases the Navy in a way that most of us have never seen. You can climb aboard a 450-foot Navy ship during public ship tours, watch demonstrations from the Navy Dive Team and the “Leap Frogs” Navy Parachute Team, enjoy performances by the Navy Band, plus more.
The commemoration continues on Saturday, August 11 with the “Field of Honor: A Salute to the Greatest Generation” event, presented by the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. The Honor Flight is a program created to bring World War II veterans and terminally ill veterans from other wars to see their memorials in Washington, DC. Miller Park will host the world premiere of the Honor Flight documentary film. The film captures the spirit, wisdom and stories of living WWII veterans. Click here for ticket information.
The action then turns to the skies as the annual Milwaukee Air & Water Show returns to the lakefront on August 11-12. One of the premier aviation festivals in the country, this year’s Air & Water Show will feature the Black Diamonds Jet Team, the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, the U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey, and many more performers wowing crowds with their aerial acrobatics. The Show is free to watch, but you can buy reserved tickets to get up close and personal with all the action.
I’m proud that Milwaukee has the honor of hosting these events and many of our military personnel. Most of us have some connection to the military, through family, friends, coworkers or some other acquaintances. I hope you’ll join me in taking advantage of this unique opportunity to honor those who have served our country and those who continue to do so.