MAPS Air Museum Celebrates 25th Anniversary
On June 20th from 9am to 5 pm MAPS Air Museum will host an open house to celebrate its 25th Anniversary. The celebration will take place rain or shine and be filled with fun, food, and fellowship. For starters the 82nd Airborne Division Reenactors will be there with a special display in the hanger. Famed Tuskegee Airmen will be on-site to engage visitors in their adventures and challenges of being the first Black military aviators. At 3pm there will be a concert by the “Canal Fulton Music Makers”. You may round out your day by sitting in a vintage aircraft, walking through the Gallery of Heroes and talking to one of the many volunteer veterans on hand. Their stories will inspire you and the experience will reignite your patriotic spirit.
To understand the excitement of the day, an aviation history refresher: During WWII the 82nd Airborne Division provided the parachute assault during the Invasion of Normandy. With the military as segregated as the government at the time, all US trained black military pilots were trained at Moton Field, the Tuskegee Army Air Field and were educated at Tuskegee University, located near Tuskegee, Alabama. These men became known as the Tuskegee Airmen.
The MAPS Air Museum is located in the former Ohio National Guard Hangar on the Akron/Canton Airport property(2260 International Parkway N. Canton 44720 in Green, OH). It is fitting to honor their roots during this anniversary celebration. If you bring a non-perishable food item or cash donation, you will get into the museum for FREE. All proceeds will benefit the National Guard Troup and Family Assistance Center.
Kim Kovesci, veteran and Executive Director of MAPS Air Museum, proudly stated, “It is our civic duty, our ethical responsibility and our moral accountability to take care of our family, friends, neighbors and business associates.
“Why Green? Because it is where we live and work. Green is our home.”
Come experience the museum where more than 28,000 guests visited last year. Celebrate a major milestone in MAPS history. Celebrate the uniqueness of Green!