Tulare County Museum unveils Veterans Day support

(Tulare County Museum)

Veterans Day event at Tulare County Museum combines compassion and art with poppy project, presentation

VISALIA – In a vibrant tribute to the brave hearts who served our nation, the Tulare County Museum is preparing to unveil its annual Veterans Day event. Scheduled for Friday, Nov. 10, 2023, at 11 a.m., the ceremony is not just a commemoration but an effort to weave the threads between local students, the Visalia community, and the nation’s rich tapestry of history.

Local educational institutions, encompassing a range of age groups, have eagerly enrolled to be a part of a unique museum-led project. This initiative is rooted in understanding and appreciating the multifaceted essence of Veterans Day. To facilitate engaging discussions, the museum has expertly crafted age-appropriate questions for educators. Among these thoughtful prompts are inquiries like “What does it mean to be a hero?” and “Why do we, as a nation, come together to celebrate Veterans Day?”

To transcend traditional classroom boundaries, the museum has arranged for local veterans to immerse students in firsthand accounts and narratives. This initiative, known as the ‘Veterans in the Classroom’ program, has seen a surge in participation over the years, reflecting its resonance with both educators and students.

One of the event’s anticipated highlights is an art-meets-empathy project. Students, upon absorbing lessons on valor and sacrifice, will create poppies—symbols of remembrance. These won’t be mere art pieces; each poppy will bear a personalized letter to a veteran. These heartfelt creations will grace the museum’s walls from Veterans Day until Memorial Day, after which they’ll find their way to various veteran groups within Tulare County.

The event at Mooney Grove Park, 27000 S. Mooney Blvd., promises a packed agenda. The Central Valley Vietnam Veterans Color Guard will set the ceremonial tone with a presentation of colors. The ambiance will further be elevated by Sadie Ascanio’s rendition of the National Anthem. And adding depth to the day’s proceedings, students from Tulare Union High School will share their reflections on the nation’s veterans. As a musical salute, the Mt. Whitney High School band is set to captivate attendees with a selection of patriotic tunes.

The museum, recognizing the significance of community participation, has waived off entrance fees for the day, inviting one and all to partake in this grand tribute.

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