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Danville vets hall to host 'Women in the Military' open house

Memorabilia, artwork, hands-on activities, panel talk part of weekend event

Danville's Veterans Memorial Building is hosting a two-day open house this weekend with a variety of military memorabilia and activities under the theme of "Women in the Military."

The free public exhibition, running Saturday and Sunday, features displays of uniformed mannequins, memorabilia, hands-on communication gear, historic posters, lithographs, patch collections, propaganda leaflets and photos, as well as artwork by female veterans, town officials said.

Outside the downtown building, attendees can check out military vehicles and take the chance to climb into the pilot's chair inside the cockpit of an F-8 Crusader jet from the USS Hornet, officials said.

The keynote activity of the weekend will be a panel discussion with female veterans at 1 p.m. Saturday, with a special emphasis on illustrating the diverse ways women serve in the U.S. military throughout the world, according to town officials.

The Swingin' Blue Stars of the USS Hornet will provide live music from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

The event is set to run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Docents will be on hand to guide guests around the permanent museum displays.

The special exhibition displays will be set up in the main auditorium of the Veterans Memorial Building, at 400 Hartz Ave. For more event information, contact curator@vmbsrv.org.

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