Veterans Museum And Education Center
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Veterans Museum And Education Center Celebrates Grand Opening in Daytona Beach
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (June 6, 2022) – At 9 AM on Saturday, June 4, the Veterans Museum And Education Center re-opened its doors in Daytona Beach. More than 110 guests and dignitaries were on hand to witness the ribbon cutting ceremony, to visit the museum’s new quarters, and to honor all our American veterans.
Opening the program, Veterans Museum and Education Center (VMAEC) Vice President, Joe Sicinski, greeted the morning’s attendees and introduced Museum President, Jose Rosa, who welcomed the day’s dignitaries and guests. Following an invocation by Reverend Jason Murbarger of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Daytona Beach, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1048 and the Knights of Columbus Color Guard, K and C Assembly 2794, presented the colors. President Rosa then led those attending in The Pledge of Allegiance, and Ms. Christie Beu performed the National Anthem.
President Rosa introduced several distinguished guests and dignitaries who spoke, including: Daytona Beach City Commissioner Stacy Cantu who was instrumental in assisting the museum acquire their new site. Commissioner Cantu introduced fellow City Commissioners who were present, introduced Commissioner Dannette Henry who, on behalf of City of Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry, read a proclamation honoring the Museum. Commissioner Cantu, on behalf of the City of Daytona Beach, presented the VMAEC with a check to help in the museum’s efforts. Florida State Senator Tom Wright, District 14, spoke of his efforts on behalf of veterans and how the VMAEC has helped in his work.
District 25 Representative Tom Leek brought greetings and read a proclamation signed by Governor DeSantis, and Brigadier General Ernest Audino thanked the veterans present for their commitment and dedication to our country.
Two very poignant presentations were made by VMAEC founder John Brinkley’s granddaughter Betsy, as she read her grandfather’s words for the museum opening, and by Jeffrey Brodeur, National President of the Korean War Veterans who, with National Secretary Harold Trieber, presented the museum with a lithograph of “The Frozen Chosin”, commemorating the American soldiers and Marines who fought courageously at the Chosin Reservoir.
Recalls VMAEC Vice President and Korean War veteran, Joseph Sicinski, “I was humbled when our KWVA national officials accepted our invitation to join today’s grand opening, and even more so to receive such a relevant artifact to be included in our Daytona Beach veterans museum.”
According to President Rosa, “We have been very fortunate, privileged, and yes, blessed to have the backing of our elected officials, the contributions of many museum donors who give both artifacts and cash to help in our work, the countless volunteers who work tirelessly to put our best foot forward and ensure that no veteran is forgotten, and the members of the community who continue to support us in our activities. I thank them all from the bottom of my heart. Now, with our new location in Daytona Beach and after having moved from location to location for the past few years, we are indeed ‘back home’.”
About the Veterans Museum And Education Center (VMAEC):
The VMAEC, Inc. was founded in March 2013 and established museum as a 501 (c) (3) not for profit, tax-exempt charitable and educational organization dedicated to all U.S. veterans. Its mission is to educate the public on the importance of the American veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States. This is done primarily through collection, documentation, interpretation, and presentation of tangible artifacts and personal stories of those who served our country. Museum displays comprise all armed military branches, and artifacts are authentic and comprehensive. Although earlier artifacts are included, the museum primarily covers military theaters from World War I through current conflicts.
The Veterans Museum And Education Center is located at 302 Vermont Avenue in Daytona Beach. At present, the museum is open from 1-4 PM, Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, visit VMAEC.org or call the museum at 386-256-7909.
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