Military Appreciation Day

Categories: Kid Friendly Holidays All Ages

Past Dates & Times

  • Saturday, Nov 9, 2019  Saturday, November 9th Parade at 11:00; Dedication at 2:00 PM


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November 9 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join with us in this year’s
Military Appreciation Day as we celebrate our Veterans and Active Duty Military.

* Weekend events include: Free admission for Veterans – Active & Retired military.
* Zoo animals from Mill Mountain Zoo
* Cactus Joe: For smaller train fans, ride the children’s train.
*Model Trains: Enjoy the many exciting exhibits of the museum and the opportunity to visit with the Roanoke Model Engineers Train Club and their O, HO, and N multiple layouts on our lower floor. Open only at holiday and special events for all to see.
* Display of military vehicles.
* Scavenger hunt, face painting, games, crafts and activities for kids.
* Food truck and more…

Volvo Trucks’ New River Valley (NRV) assembly plant in Dublin, Virginia recently donated its 2007 Ride for Freedom Volvo VNL 670 model for display at the Virginia Museum of Transportation. The one-of-a-kind truck honors U.S. military personnel taken as prisoners of war or missing in action (POW/MIA) through a custom collage featuring imagery from Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Also included are the words, “All Gave Some … Some Gave All.” The truck will be proudly featured near the front entrance of the museum.

For each of the past 28 years, a Volvo truck with uniquely different decals is prepared to participate in the annual Ride for Freedom, a rally held in Washington, D.C. on Memorial Day weekend. Volvo Trucks employees, the UAW Local 2069 Veterans Committee and a caravan of local motorcyclists travel to our nation’s capital where 900,000 individuals gather to honor veterans and remember soldiers listed as POW/MIA.

The Ride for Freedom Volvo VNL670 model was proudly assembled at the NRV plant, Volvo Trucks’ largest manufacturing plant in the world, right here in the Commonwealth of VA. Volvo Trucks’ Ride for Freedom trucks have been featured in national publications, showcased at numerous Volvo Trucks dealerships, headlined at the Carlisle Nations Truck Show and shown at national transportation events.

The Ride for Freedom Volvo VNL670 will join with other community entries in the Roanoke Virginia Veterans Parade the morning of November 9th, then followed by a 2:00 PM dedication and formal acceptance at the museum. The Parade will be broadcast LIVE on WSLS, Channel 10 starting at 11:00 AM.

The VNL670 will now be a featured landmark at the Museum, proudly parked near the front entrance and as a way for the Museum to express its support to our Military.