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The Army Heritage Center Foundation (AHCF) is pleased to announce that the United States Cavalry Memorial Foundation (USCMF) has provided a $500,000 grant to preserve and promote the legacy of our Nation’s horse mounted Soldiers.  Mr. Jim Ottevaere, President of USCMF, presented the check to Mr. Joe Capita, Secretary of AHCF, at a ceremony at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center on Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania on December 12, 2017. 

“With funds provided by former horse Soldiers, who have all now passed away, the U.S. Cavalry Memorial Foundation has, since 1993, worked to promote the remembrance and recognition of United States Cavalry troopers and authorized mounted units that have served the United States from 1775 through the present day” said Jim Ottevaere, USCMF President.  He then continued “that today, we pass that responsibility to the Army Heritage Center Foundation who in conjunction with the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, is well positioned to preserve and promote the contribution of our horse mounted units and Soldiers.”    

Joe Capita acknowledged how the Foundation with this gift “is proud to pledge to preserve the legacy of our horse cavalry Soldiers and effectively steward their donated resources.”  He also indicated that this grant was special in two other ways.  December 12, 2017 is the 201st anniversary of the Continental Congress’ decision to authorize our Nation’s first cavalry regiment and that the first home of the U.S. Army’s School for Cavalry Practice was established on Carlisle Barracks in 1838.

The Army Heritage Center Foundation expects to award the first grants funded with this donation in 2019.

About the United States Horse Cavalry Foundation 

The U.S. Cavalry Memorial Foundation was established in 1993.  Since then, the Foundation and its members have worked to promote the remembrance and recognition of individual United States Cavalry troopers and authorized mounted units that serve and have served in regular United States military forces, United States Militia elements, and Irregular Mounted Forces from 1775 through the present day.  The Foundation is currently in the process of dissolution.

About the Army Heritage Center Foundation

 The Military Heritage Foundation, doing business as the Army Heritage Center Foundation, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that, through donated support, is funding the construction of the public components of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) — the Visitor and Education Center (VEC) and the Army Heritage Center.  As the phased construction program is completed, the Foundation transfers these facilities to the Army to operate, staff, and maintain, as part of USAHEC. The Foundation also focuses on “margin of excellence support” to meet the needs of educational programs and other activities at USAHEC where federal funds are inadequate or unavailable. 

The Foundation completed Phase One of the Visitor and Education Center in 2010.   This project provided the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center campus its first major gallery and multipurpose rooms to host educational programs and special events. In 2013, the Foundation funded infrastructure improvements to include parking and storm water management systems to support future construction.  The Foundation completed a 7,500 expansion of the Visitor and Education Center in September 2016. Known as the Hall of the American Soldier, this expansion added an additional gallery, a multipurpose room to meet growing demand for program space, and enhanced seating for the cafe.

The Foundation will continue to seek grants and donations to complete the Visitor and Education Center, the Army Heritage Center, and to create an endowment to sustain and enhance educational programs. The Foundation’s education program includes management of the National History Day in Pennsylvania competition and workshops and seminars that complement USAHEC’s programs and exhibits. 

The Foundation also supports and enhances USAHEC’s public outreach by supporting marketing initiatives and serving as a public advocate of the Center’s mission and programs. 

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VETERANS OF ALL SERVICES AND ERAS, and their SPOUSES, FAMILY, and FRIENDS are invited to all Veterans' Cafe events, where we provide opportunites for Veterans to meet and share their stories.  The Veterans' Cafe is part of the Army Heritage Center Foundation's efforts to honor veterans, preserve their stories, and educate the public about their service.  All Veterans' Cafe events are open to the public unless otherwise noted.  There is no charge to attend.  The cost of the meal, if any, is listed with each event.

 To RSVP for an event or if you would like to help sponsor an event, please call or email Jeff Hawks at 717-258-1102 orvetcafe@armyheritage.org.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, January 27, 2018 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM -  Aldersgate Church, 1480 Jerusalem Road, Mechanicsburg, PA

We are pleased to thank our sponsors, Hoffman Funeral Home & Crematory and Humana who help make the Veterans' Cafe possible.



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In 1972, as the Paris Peace Accords drew to a conclusion, young William Reeder, Jr. was a Captain in the U.S. Army, assigned to an AH-1G Cobra Attack Helicopter in Vietnam. For many U.S. servicemen and women, the Vietnam War was over. Reeder was afraid he missed the opportunity to see combat as a Cobra gunship pilot. The North Vietnamese had other plans, however, and the Easter Offensive changed Reeder’s life forever. On Wednesday, November 15, 2017, Dr. William S. Reeder will present a lecture at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, describing how fighting in the spring of 1972 led to his capture while defending the American base at Ben Het in Vietnam and how he survived the horrifying ordeal of being a POW in Vietnam.

Dr. William Reeder was the last U.S. Army prisoner captured in the Vietnam War, and his story is one of courage, hope, and survival. In 1971, Reeder was already an accomplished pilot, having flown secret missions deep into enemy territory on his first tour. He returned as a helicopter pilot flying a Cobra Attack Helicopter but believed the Americans had beaten the Viet Cong and were passing everything to the South Vietnamese Army. As the 1972 Easter Offensive raged several months into his second tour, he was providing support to forces at the besieged base of Ben Het, when his chopper went down in a flaming corkscrew. Reeder survived the crash and evaded the enemy for three days, before finally being captured and held in jungle cages for weeks. After which, he endured a grueling forced march on the Ho Chi Minh Trail, costing the lives of seven of the POWs in his small group of twenty-seven.

Dr. William Reeder is a training and leader development consultant living in the Pacific Northwest. He spends parts of each year teaching at the NATO SOF School at Chievres Air Base, Belgium. He is a retired colonel and a thirty-year Army veteran, with two tours of duty in Vietnam. He has in excess of three thousand hours of flight time, including more than one thousand hours in combat. He is the recipient of the Silver Star for gallantry, two Distinguished Flying Crosses for heroism, and three Bronze Star Medals. In 1977, he was named Army Aviator of the Year and was inducted into the U.S. Army Aviation Hall of Fame in 2014. In 2017, he was chosen as the Naval Institute’s “Author of the Year.”

DATE: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

TIME: Doors open at 6:30 PM and the talk begins at 7:15 PM

PLACE: USAHEC, Visitor and Education Center, Multipurpose Room

 

For updates and any last-minute changes in “Perspectives” meeting times and places, please check: www.USAHEC.org or call the Information Desk: (717) 245-3972.

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The United States Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, welcomes you and your family to feel the beat of the drums, enjoy the dancing, and take part in our annual celebration of Native American Heritage Month, with the Red Blanket Native Pride Dancers on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 7:00PM. The dancers will perform a wide array of ceremonial and social dancing techniques passed down through their culture for generations. The demonstration will include authentic dress, freestyle movements, and intense music, accompanied by vocals and flutes from the Northern Plains to complete the performance. Throughout Native American history, dancing has always represented a major tenant of the culture, and such an opportunity to view traditional dance forms allows for a more complete understanding of Native American customs and heritage.

The Red Blanket Native Pride Dancers’ mission is to “educate, inspire, motivate, and empower diverse communities to bridge cultural gaps through indigenous traditions.” Like many other native groups, they are “passionately devoted to keeping traditions alive” through music and dance.

DATE: Thursday, November 9, 2017

TIME: The doors open at 6:30 PM, and the event begins at 7:00 PM. The event concludes around 8:30 PM.

PLACE: USAHEC, Visitor and Education Center, Multipurpose Room

For updates and any last-minute changes, please check the USAHEC website: www.USAHEC.org or call the Information Desk: (717) 245-3972.

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At 11:00 am on November 11th, 1918, the First World War, one of the most devastating and tragic conflicts the world has ever seen, came to a conclusion. Early on that November morning, senior military and political officials of both the Allied and German armies met in the Compiègne Forest of northern France to finalize and sign the armistice that would bring peace to war torn Europe. Since that time, countries across the world have chosen November 11th to honor those Soldiers who died in the “war to end all wars.” In the case of the United States, we have grown the purpose to honor all of those who serve in the Armed Forces, past and present, by renaming it Veterans Day.

In recognition of the World War I Centennial, and to honor all those who have served and are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) will be hosting a living history event entitled “Remembering Armistice Day” on Veterans Day weekend, November 11th and 12th, 2017. The event will commence at 10:00am and run until 3:00pm and will be located at the World War I Allied and German trenches on USAHEC’s Army Heritage Trail. Among the day’s highlights include reenactors who will be illustrating the events as they unfolded for the 316th Infantry Regiment, AEF in the hours leading up to and the day following the Compiègne Armistice. Visitors are invited to come witness the life of an American Doughboy in the trenches and the end of the war for the 316th. The event will follow the unit’s daily wartime routine – patrolling, caring for those in the Aid Station, cooking for the troops, and maintaining the supply line to the front – and will then recognize the end of the war at 11:00 am on Saturday. Visitors are welcome to attend at any time during event hours.

Following the end of World War I, November 11th became a national day of mourning and remembrance in many of the nations whose Soldiers had served in the war, including the United States; however, in 1954 President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the holiday to Veterans Day “in order that a grateful nation might pay appropriate homage to the veterans of all its wars who have contributed so much to the preservation of this Nation.” A day of honor and remembrance, November 11th continues to be an important reminder of the sacrifices made by our Veterans.

The day’s events are open to the public and free to attend. As always, USAHEC exhibits, including the Soldier Experience Gallery and the new World War I exhibit, “‘Good-Bye Broadway, Hello France’ – America in the Era of World War,” both located in the Visitor and Education Center, are open from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. For directions to USAHEC, general information, or question about the event, please visit: www.USAHEC.org or call: 717-245-3972.

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