To honor the men and women who serve in the United States Armed Forces, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library will be hosting its annual Veterans Day Event on Monday, November 11. The day’s activities include live musical entertainment, a civil war encampment, a military vehicle display and a program honoring all branches of our military.
The outdoor exhibits, activities and program are free. They are open from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.
The program itself, which begins at 11:00 a.m., includes an honor guard, live music, and remarks by keynote speaker Captain Dan Pedersen. Captain Pedersen was the senior officer in the group of nine men who formed the Navy’s legendary “Topgun” graduate program at Naval Air Station Miramar in March 1969. He served in combat during the Vietnam War, with two flying cruises on USS Hancock (CVA-19) and two on USS Enterprise (CVN-65). He commanded the super aircraft carrier USS Ranger. He accumulated 6,100 flight hours and 1,005 carrier landings while flying 39 types of aircraft. Pedersen has been inducted into the Aviation Hall of Fame in the Palm Springs Air Museum and San Diego’s Air and Space Museum.