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Free Concert: The United States Air Force Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble

posted Jan 30, 2013, 1:01 PM by Andrew Hagopian   [ updated Feb 6, 2013, 6:44 PM by AFMAC Support ]

Free Concert: The United States Air Force Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble
Matthews, NC, January 18, 2013 – Enjoy a concert given by the United States Air Force Heritage of America Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble at the Levine Senior Center on Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 18th, 2013 at 7pm. The concert is free and open to the public.

Rhythm in Blue features the diverse talents of 15 professional musicians whose commitment to excellence has earned worldwide acclaim and military distinction. The band incorporates a wide repertoire of jazz and fusion, from big band swing to cutting-edge contemporary music. Their fabulous vocalist radiates sounds of the great jazz divas and inspires with patriotic classics.

For additional information about this free concert, please contact Lisa Jillani of the Armed Forces Museum and Archives of the Carolinas at ljillani@carolina.rr.com, or visit the band’s website www.heritageofamericaband.af.mil

Activated in 1941, The United States Air Force Heritage of America Band has a rich history of inspiring public patriotism and enhancing esprit de corps among all the US military service branches. These world-class musicians are stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia. They travel throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, presenting over 300 events annually for the general public and in support of Airman morale and protocol events. Under the leadership of Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey B. Warner, the USAF Heritage of America Band remains at the forefront of communicating Air Force core values and preserving and enriching America's military and musical heritage into the 21st century.

Contact Information:
Lisa Jillani of the Armed Forces Museum and Archives of the Carolinas

MSgt Dave Dell, Director of Operations
(757)-225-3295

Armed Forces Museum Benefit Luau to Feature Music, Food, Prizes

posted Sep 12, 2012, 12:12 PM by Andrew Hagopian

Mint Hill, NC — The Armed Forces Museum & Archives of the Carolinas will hold an Hawaiian Luau Benefit Show and dinner on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at the Kerr Recreational Center (Philadelphia Presbyterian Church) at 11503 Bain School Road. Dinner at 6 p.m. will be followed by the 7 p.m. music show hosted by WSOC-FM DJ Rob Tanner. The event will feature the high-energy music of the Tsunami Wave Riders, performing beach and tropical songs from Jimmy Buffet, the Beach Boys, the Ventures, Van Morrison, Don Ho, Elvis' Blue Hawaii, and others.

All profits from the luau go toward the building of the Armed Forces Museum to be constructed beside the Korean War Vets Memorial in Mint Hill Park on Fairview.

Many local merchants have made door prizes and silent auction items available for this event.

Tickets may be purchased in advance for $25. Please call 704-661-6162, 704-545-6618, or 704-847-4634. Visa, Mastercard, and checks accepted. You may also order by email at dixonwr@aol.com.

When completed, the Armed Forces Museum will be unique in that it will honor all five branches of the United States military: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Visitors will experience an educational showcase of 250 years of military history combined with the home front support and sacrifices that have made our nation great. Details and donation information can be seen at VisitAFMAC.org 

Armed Forces Museum & Archives of the Carolinas to Present Documentary Honoring Ex-POWs

posted May 29, 2012, 1:37 PM by Andrew Hagopian   [ updated Jun 6, 2012, 10:25 AM ]

Mint Hill, NC, May 28, 2012 — The Armed Forces Museum & Archives of the Carolinas (AFMAC) will present a documentary honoring ex-prisoners of war at two venues: Friday, June 1 at7:30 p.m. at St. Sarkis Armenian Church, 7000 Park Road, Charlotte and Wednesday, June 6 at Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St., Matthews at 7pm. Light refreshments will be served.

 The video, entitled Honoring Our Heroes- The American POW Experience. WWII 1939-1949, is a 30-minute broadcast-quality documentary about the POW experience and is dedicated to honoring, preserving, and sharing the courage and sacrifices of our local WWII heroes, many of whom live in our community.

 AFMAC, a world-class museum scheduled to break ground in Mint Hill in 2014, will be unique in that it will honor all five branches of the United States military: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. When completed, visitors will experience an educational showcase of 250 years of military history combined with the home front support and sacrifices that have made our nation great. Details and donation information can be seen at VisitAFMAC.org.

Armed Forces Museum & Archives of the Carolinas to Present Documentary Honoring Ex-POWs

posted May 22, 2012, 1:32 PM by Andrew Hagopian

Mint Hill, NC, May 18, 2012 — The Armed Forces Museum & Archives of the Carolinas (AFMAC) will present a documentary honoring ex-prisoners of war at three venues. On Saturday, May 26 at the Mint Hill Historical Society’s Ashcraft Schoolhouse (part of the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village), 7601 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, showings are at 9:30 a. m. and 10:30 a. m. (space is limited). Other showings are Saturday, May 26 at 3:00 p. m. at the Morrison Regional Library and on Wednesday, May  30th at 7:00 p. m. at the South Charlotte Banquet Center, 9009 Bryant Farms Road. All showings are free and open to the public.

 The video, entitled Honoring Our Heroes- The American POW Experience. WWII 1939-1949, is a 30-minute broadcast-quality documentary about the POW experience and is dedicated to honoring, preserving, and sharing the courage and sacrifices of our local WWII heroes, many of whom live in our community.

 AFMAC, a world-class museum scheduled to break ground in Mint Hill in 2014, will be unique in that it will honor all five branches of the United States military: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. When completed, visitors will experience an educational showcase of 250 years of military history combined with the home front support and sacrifices that have made our nation great. Details and donation information can be seen at VisitAFMAC.org

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

posted Apr 18, 2012, 1:58 PM by Andrew Hagopian

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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 VisitAFMAC.org.

Armed Forces Museum Holds Successful Bluegrass & Gospel Fundraiser

posted Apr 18, 2012, 1:53 PM by Andrew Hagopian

Mint Hill, NC -- The Armed Forces Museum & Archives of the Carolinas held its 2nd Annual Bluegrass Fundraiser on February 25th in Indian Trail, featuring some of the top talent in bluegrass and gospel. Headlining the event was multiple Emmy award winner David L. Cook. With 18 number one hit songs to his credit, Cook remains the number one selling Christian country artist to date. Cook performed a comedy routine prior to his vocal presentation.

 

The event, opened by AFMAC President Bill Dixon, also featured such talent as the Christian Country Teenage Performer of the Year award winner Caroline Keller; the former PTL Singers; and the legendary WBT Briarhoppers. Each of the performers expressed their gratitude to the veterans in the audience for their selfless service to their country. It was evident that all performers, who donated their talents to the fundraiser, had a deep desire to honor the men and women who served their country.

 

Master of Ceremonies was special guest Carlton Moody of the Moody Brothers.

 

A silent auction was also held to raise money, and the VFW Post 2423 generously  provided the venue and food for sale. AFMAC also sold pavers to honor those who fought in all wars. These pavers will line the walkway of this museum, which will break ground in 2014.

 

The motto and vision of AFMAC, a 501(c)(3) entity, is to honor, preserve and celebrate freedom.  This world-class museum will be unique in that it will honor all five branches of the United States military:  Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. When completed, visitors will experience an educational showcase of 250 years of military history combined with the home front support and sacrifices that have made our nation great. Details and donation information can be seen at VisitAFMAC.org

AFMAC’s “Trooper” Wins Christmas Bear Contest

posted Apr 18, 2012, 1:51 PM by Andrew Hagopian

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The first place winner of the Matthews Chamber of Commerce’s “A Very Beary Christmas” contest is “Trooper the Bear,” the entry from The Armed Forces Museum & Archives of the Carolinas (AFMAC). The contest asked local businesses and non-profit organizations to dress up a bear to represent their business, with prizes being awarded based on votes by the community.

 

The Chamber displayed donated bears through Dec. 15 and plans to donate them for distribution to local children through Matthews HELP Center and Christ Our Shepherd Ministries. AFMAC, a world class museum to be built in Mint Hill, is scheduled to break ground in 2014, to honor all five branches of the United States military:  Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. When completed, AFMAC visitors will experience an educational showcase of 250 years of military history combined with the home front support and sacrifices that have made our nation great.

 

“Trooper the Bear” was created to remind the community of the many men and women in uniform that are not home for Christmas. Kathleen Wilsbach, AFMAC board member and secretary who dressed the bear, said, “When I saw all the other bears, some three feet tall, I thought Trooper would never win at 15 inches tall.  But Trooper was small but mighty in his message.  It sort of parallels with our US military, which comprises only one percent of our population.  That small number sacrifices for our freedoms.”

Board Members of the Armed Forces Museum & Archives of the Carolinas Voted In

posted Feb 7, 2012, 5:23 PM by Andrew Hagopian   [ updated Feb 7, 2012, 5:26 PM ]

Mint Hill, NC, 1-9-2012 — The Armed Forces Museum & Archives of the Carolinas recently voted in board members during their monthly meeting at the Mint Hill Town Hall. The officers are William R. Dixon, President; Jeff Pitney, Vice President; Kathleen A. Wilsbach, Secretary; Ron Paschal, Treasurer; and Gary Aljets, Committee Coordinator. Two new members were also voted in: Andrew Hagopian and Ben Kubie.

The motto and vision of AFMAC, a 501(c)(3) entity, is to honor, preserve and celebrate freedom. This world-class museum, scheduled to break ground in 2014, will be unique in that it will honor all five branches of the United States military: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. When completed, visitors will experience an educational showcase of 250 years of military history combined with the home front support and sacrifices that have made our nation great. Details and donation information can be seen at VisitAFMAC.org.

An Evening of Honor, Tradition and Music with Bluegrass, Country, and Gospel Music

posted Feb 1, 2012, 2:46 PM by Andrew Hagopian   [ updated Feb 1, 2012, 2:48 PM ]

An Evening of Honor, Tradition and Music with Bluegrass, Country, and Gospel Music.

Featuring
  • The Legendary W.B.T. Briarhoppers
  • Emmy Award Winning David L. Cook
  • Caroline Keller

February 25, 2012
Time: 7 pm to 10 pm

Location: VFW Post 2423

Admission $12.00 Advance, $15.00 Door
Children 10 and under Free!

For tickets, call 704-661-6162 or email tickets@visitafmac.org

This event is generously supported by CDT Talent Productions in association with Lamon Records

AFMAC Presented with Bronze Plaque by POW / MIA Service Members

posted Sep 23, 2011, 7:59 PM by AFMAC Support

AFMAC Presented with Bronze Plaque by POW / MIA Service Members
In observance of the National POW/MIA Recognition Day on September 16, the Armed Forces Museum & Archives of the Carolinas (AFMAC) was presented with a bronze plaque by the Charlotte Metrolina Chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War. The plaque honors all Prisoners of War and those Americans still missing in action. 

AFMAC Presented with Bronze Plaque by POW / MIA Service Members
The vision for a commemorative plaque was realized in 2010, when the Charlotte Metrolina Chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War, headed by Commander Ed Halliburton, presented their idea of a POW/MIA memorial to the museum’s directors and Roger Reimann of Zoma Communications. Nine enthusiastic and determined WWII ex-POWs along with Zoma Communications worked together on the design and casting of the large bronze plaque. 

The event, held at the Plantation Estates in Matthews, NC, featured the Presentation of the Colors, singing of the National Anthem, remarks by AFMAC President Bill Dixon, the history of the Metrolina Chapter and its members, and the unveiling of the plaque by Brigadier General Iwan Clontz. Brigadier General Clontz, recent commander of the North Carolina Air National Guard and a Charlotte native, addressed the audience about the POW/MIA national recognition day, commemorated on the third Friday of September.  General Clontz said, "I am humbled to be in the same room with these brave men who survived their capture and imprisonment by the enemy while serving our country during WWII."

AFMAC Presented with Bronze Plaque by POW / MIA Service Members
Also present at the event were Robert Becker from Congresswoman Sue Myrick's office; James Taylor, Mayor of Matthews; Duane Gardner, Mayor of Waxhaw; Nancy Moore, Commissioner of Matthews, who also sang the national anthem; Harley Ellinger, President of the Metrolina Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA); Col. Bill Reid from the Korean War Veterans Association; and Tina Ross, Commissioner of Mint Hill.

The plaque will be part of AFMAC’s traveling exhibit and will eventually be permanently displayed at the museum upon its opening in Mint Hill, slated for 2013.

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