Veterans Day Weekend 2014 rolls out the heavy guns at the Museum of American Armor
The Museum of American Armor at Old Bethpage Village Restoration will be observing “Veterans Day Weekend” on November 8th and 9th between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. by rolling out its heavy artillery, the only 155 mm Long Tom cannon on public display in the northeast where it will be pulled by an equally rare artillery tractor that moved the guns to the front lines during World War II. Also making appearances will be anti-aircraft batteries, anti-tank cannon and more.
In addition, the powerful cannon will be followed in the museum’s Veterans Weekend armor parade by the iconic Sherman tank similar to the armor that appeared in the Brad Pitt movie “Fury” which seeks to portray the intensity of combat in the closing days of World War II.
The museum is asking any veterans with artillery experience to arrive during the weekend willing to offer video testimony on what it was like to “serve the guns” and the role they played in either World War II, Korea or Vietnam. “The Sherman tank may capture the public’s attention but artillery is often the deciding factor in winning battles. This year we seek to focus on that role and the men who served in the artillery,” stated museum director Mark Renton.
Operational vehicles now on display at the Museum of American Armor include the iconic Sherman tank, a Stuart tank used extensively by the Marines during their Pacific campaigns, a potent 155 mm howitzer, reconnaissance vehicles that acted as armored scouts for American forces, anti-aircraft guns and similar weapons that broke the back of the Axis powers during World War II. Other vehicles range from a classic LaSalle staff car in the markings of a Fleet Admiral, to jeeps, weapons carriers and half-tracks.
Beyond World War II programs, tribute efforts are being scheduled to honor the American service men and women who have served in Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf, Iraq, Afghanistan and the War on Terror so that the museum is able to fulfill its mission of honoring America’s defense of freedom throughout the decades.
The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 AM to 4 PM. Admission is $10, adults; $7, children 5 – 12 (under 5 are free); and $7, seniors, volunteer firefighters and veterans. Admission to the armor museum also allows you access to Old Bethpage Village Restoration.
The Museum Of American Armor
1303 Round Swamp Road
Old Bethpage, New York 11804
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