Benoit to be Honored at Patton Museum’s Veterans Day Ceremony
CHIRIACO SUMMIT – Supervisor John J. Benoit will be presented with the Founder’s Award at the General Patton Memorial Museum’s 24th Veterans Day ceremony Sunday. Admission to the museum, located 30 miles east of Indio, off Interstate 10, is free to all on Veterans Day.
“I am honored to be recognized by the General Patton Museum,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “ The museum preserves the desert’s World War II heritage as the training center for more than a million soldiers headed for combat. This is always a remarkable Veterans Day celebration to thank the men and women who served our country.”
“We are fortunate to be able to give Supervisor Benoit this award for going above and beyond the call of duty,” said Margit Chiriaco Rusche. “He has been a part of the General Patton Veterans Day ceremonies for many years and has always found the time to be with the veterans and to honor them.”& amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; lt; /p>
The museum opens at 9 a.m., and live music from the Chuck Miller Band will entertain guests beginning at 10 a.m. A fly-over by World War II aircraft will start the program at 11 a.m.
Author Michael Keane will speak about his new book “Patton: Blood, Guts and Prayer” and have signed copies available for purchase.
The International Al Jolson Society will accept the General Patton Award honoring the late Al Jolson, who entertained troops before the formation of the USO. Entertainers Richard Halperin “Mr. Tin Pan Alley” and Michael Moore will perform as Jolson and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, respectively.
Following the program will be a reenactment of a World War II battle in the three-acre tank yard, a chili cook-off contest, a raffle drawing and unveiling of new name tiles to the museum’s Vietnam Wall. Also, the U.S. Post Office will have a special Veterans Day Al Jolson stamp cancellation and envelope.
There will be food and beverage vendors, and a variety of military vehicles and classic cars on exhibit.
The museum is located at 62510 Chiriaco Rd. For more information, call 760-227-3483 or visit www.generalpattonmuseum.com.