Center plans complimentary admission for vets
Wabasha, MN – November 11 is Veterans Day and to honor the service and sacrifice of our veterans, the National Eagle Center will offer complimentary admission for all veterans during the month.
“One of the things we know about Bald Eagles, the living symbol of our nation, is that they hold a very special significance for men and women in uniform and those who have bravely served in our nation’s armed forces,” said Ed Hahn, Director of Marketing and Communications at the National Eagle Center. “We are happy to provide our veterans with complimentary visits to see the eagles for the whole month as a way of showing our gratitude to them for their service.”
The Center has a long tradition of working with veterans and veterans groups. In the past, the eagle educators have traveled with an eagle ambassador to the VA Hospital in St. Paul for a special program. The Center’s first ambassador, Harriet, is currently featured on the Minnesota Support Our Troops license plate as a tribute to the work she did with veterans.
Flag-Raising and Program
The National Eagle Center will host a Veterans Day flag-raising ceremony on Saturday, November 5 at 12:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend to help honor the day and our veterans.
The Center is also planning to host a program with Wabasha resident and Vietnam and Gulf War veteran Colonel Jim Noll – US Army (retired) on Saturday, November 19 at 3:00 p.m. Noll was a member of the famous 101st Airborne “Screaming Eagles” in Vietnam. He will speak about his military career and tell the story of the mission of his unit during Desert Storm – the First Gulf War in 1991. Their critical work in psychological operations resulted in 90% of Iraqi soldiers deserting or surrendering peacefully, saving tens of thousands of American and Iraqi lives.
Noll recently donated his dress uniform, which features over a dozen depictions of Bald Eagles, to the Center and it is currently on exhibit in the new American Eagle Gallery, home of the Preston Cook American Eagle Collection.
While veterans will receive complimentary admission to the Center throughout the month of November, they will still be required to pay the $3 seat reservation fee for regularly scheduled eagle and nature programs hosted in the Program Center.
“We’re excited to welcome our veterans to meet the eagles and explore our new exhibits that honor those who served throughout November,” said Hahn. ”It is a great time of the year to visit.”
For additional details about the November veterans admission program, individuals should contact the Center by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 651.565.4989.
The National Eagle Center is a world-class museum located in Wabasha, MN. It is the world’s premier resource for impactful eagle education and experiences and offers wild eagle viewing, up-close eagle experiences, daily programs, and the Preston Cook American Eagle Collection. For more information about the National Eagle Center, visit nationaleaglecenter.org or call 651.565.4989. The National Eagle Center is an equal opportunity provider.