The Marconi Automotive Museum would like to wish all the men and women who have served this country a Happy Veterans Day!
Veterans Day is an official United States holiday to celebrate the ending of World War I. On the 11th hour of the 11th day in the 11th month in the year 1918 WWI hostilities formally ended when the Armistice (a truce) went into effect with Germany.
In other countries, today’s holiday is celebrated as Remembrance Day or Armistice Day. Previously, the U.S. celebrated Armistice Day until it was changed to Veterans Day in 1954, to honor all veterans in America who dedicate their life to protect its citizens.
The staff at The Marconi would also like to honor and thank a few veterans close to the museum; Nico Detour (our founder, Dick Marconi’s grandson), Tyler and Andrew Jones (our Administrative Assistant Vicki Estrada’s sons), Jeremy DiLullo (our Marconi Racing Crew Chief Jim and wife Kathryn DiLullo’s son), Matt Randol ( our Marketing Coordinator Shannon Randol’s husband), and Ancillary Staff Member Ricky Lopez.
Ricky Lopez serves as a reservist in the Air Force as a Security Forces Specialist, also known as the military police. During a 180+ day deployment, he asked the F-22 Raptor pilots to fly the flag (pictured above) in honor of the Marconi Automotive Museum and Foundation for Kids, the staff, and volunteers.
On March 1st, 2015, Captain Paul “Tone” Hollrith 95th EFS F-22 Pilot did just that. After Lopez’s deployment he brought the flag home and presented it to The Marconi.
Ricky honored The Marconi because of the support he received after his decision to leave the museum and pursue a career in the Air Force. He continues to volunteer for the automotive museum when he finds the free time to do so, and The Marconi staff continues to send support his way.
In closing, if you haven’t yet, “thank a vet.”
This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave – Elmer Davis