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Armed Forces Museum participates at Vietnam Veterans Homecoming Celebration 2012 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

posted Apr 18, 2012, 1:58 PM by Andrew Hagopian
Mint Hill, NC – The Armed Forces Museum & Archives of the Carolinas (AFMAC) hosted an information table at the Vietnam Veterans Homecoming Celebration 2012 event on March 31. The event, held to honor those who served in Vietnam, drew over 65,000 visitors and was sponsored by the USO of North Carolina, the Charlotte Motor Speedway, and the NC Association of Broadcasters.

 “The success of this event is evidence that the Armed Forces Museum is needed,” said Kathleen Wilsbach, board secretary. AFMAC, to be based in Mint Hill, is in the feasibility and planning stage and is slated to break ground in 2014.

AFMAC’s display at the USO celebration featured a POW video that will premier in the Charlotte area in the coming weeks. Entitled Honoring Our World War II Heroes – The American POW Experience, this professionally-produced documentary will feature the stories of a group of heroes living in Mecklenburg County - American ex-prisoners of war from WWII.

Guests at the event were given information on becoming founding members of AFMAC, as well as the opportunity to honor service members by purchasing a granite paver that will be displayed along the museum’s walkway.

“The museum will be a lasting reminder of what was represented at the homecoming celebration,” said Ron Paschal, board treasurer and US Army veteran having served in Korea.

When completed, AFMAC will showcase over 250 years of military history. The museum will honor all five branches of the United States military:  Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Details and donation information can be found at