Discovery Park hosting military history, armed forces symposium – Metropolis Planet

Discovery Park hosting military history, armed forces symposium – Metropolis Planet

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Updated: April 25, 2022 @ 8:06 pm
Soldiers salute the nation’s military flags during the 2021 Military History and Armed Forces Symposium at Discovery Park of America. This year’s event has been expanded to three days and begins Friday.

Soldiers salute the nation’s military flags during the 2021 Military History and Armed Forces Symposium at Discovery Park of America. This year’s event has been expanded to three days and begins Friday.
UNION CITY, Tenn. — Discovery Park of America is hosting its annual Military History and Armed Forces Symposium starting Friday, April 29, and running through Sunday, May 1.
“The event has grown significantly larger than previous years and will feature a variety of programs and interactive activities that explore the past, present and future of the American military,” said Dr. Julie Hill, education events coordinator and lead member in planning the symposium.
All active military, veterans, their guests and student groups will receive free admission to Discovery Park during all three days of the event.
Sponsored by Union City Coca-Cola and Dixie Gun Works, the Military History and Armed Forces Symposium features presentations from special guests, static and active demonstrations of military equipment and vehicles and gallery talks. Guests will also experience historical interpreters and period musicians throughout the museum and park.
In addition to bringing back the Lantern Walk this year, the event will include a members-only reception with entertainment provided by Operation Song and a Civil War-period ball with live music and dance instruction provided by the 52nd Regimental String Band. The band will also perform during a church service on Sunday morning.
Local Civil War memorabilia collector Jason Pate will share some of his collection of rare photos in a special exhibit and presentation, “Hearing Voices of the Past Through Imagery.”
Friday’s events have been designed with students in mind and will provide both military- and history-related content perfect for school groups.
“For guests passionate about history and the military, this symposium is going to provide a lot to discover,” Hill said. “Our education and exhibits team have put together three days that are packed with incredible activities highlighting our country’s military past, present and future.”
Those presenting from the main stage this year includes: Many-Bears Grinder, first woman to serve as Commissioner for the Department of Veterans Services; Kevin Rumley, a musician who made his personal journey from life as a homeless veteran suffering from drug addiction to a college graduate with a master’s degree in social work; and Bill Allen, a World War II Navy medic who is one of the last remaining D-Day survivors.
In addition to the symposium, explore Discovery Park’s Military Gallery on two levels of the museum. The lower level contains a collection of military vehicles and weapons, as well as displays about the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War and current military conflicts. Displays about the Civil War, World War I and World War II can be found on the entry level, as well as an oral history theater that showcases stories shared by veterans.
All the programs, panel discussions and other events during the symposium are included with park admission or membership. Tickets to the Lantern Walk, members-only reception and Civil War-period ball are free, but limited and must be reserved at https://discoveryparkofamerica.com/event/military-history/.
All active military, veterans, their guests and student groups will receive free admission to Discovery Park during all three days of this event. Group leaders wanting to request scholarships for student groups should contact Sheridan Wells at [email protected] or call 731-599-1132.
For a full list of events and biographies on the special guests, visit discoveryparkofamerica.com/event/military-history/.
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