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At Armed Forces Day 2019 Devens Museum Spotlights Country's Three Critical Times

Ft. Devens Museum’s annual celebration of Armed Forces Day this May 18  focuses on three critical times for this country as well as for the U.S. Army. Doors open at 10 a.m. visitors are invited to attend three separate programs during the day at the Museum, located at 94 Jackson Road on Devens. Visitors are welcome to browse through displays from the Museum’s collection. Enjoy light refreshments until closing time, 4 p.m.

One program, set for 2 p.m., explores the effect of the flu epidemic upon the soldiers, nurses, and doctors assigned to Camp Devens, as World War I was winding down in 1918. The program is a follow-up on the Museum’s May 17  dedication at Rogers Field of a plaque in memory of those who lost their lives in the epidemic at this cantonment. 

At 11 a.m. the Museum hosts three different perspectives on the Vietnam War. Jim Phillips, who served as an officer in two mechanized infantry units and then returned for another tour of duty as a pilot in an assault helicopter unit. Next, in person, Vietnam veteran Jack Saball of Groton will give his impressions of the war. Shawn Driscoll, a graduate student in history at University of Massachusetts-Lowell specializing in Vietnam history, will give his views on “new avenues and the renewed importance for teaching the Vietnam conflict to the contemporary student population.” 

Major General (Retired) Bruce Zukauskas will present the Museum’s third program, to start at 12:30 p.m. at the Museum. He will give an “Overview” of the U.S. Army, discussing “Today’s Army and Its Challenges.” 

The Fort Devens Museum is located on the third floor at 94 Jackson Road, Devens and is wheelchair accessible. The museum’s regular hours are: Tuesdays, Fridays, and the third Saturday of each month, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  This Open House is open to the public, but donations are appreciated so that we may continue to offer these special events.

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