November 11, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Outdoor Activities
11:00 a.m. - Program
To honor the men and women who serve in the United States Armed Forces, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library will be hosting its annual Veterans Day Event on Monday, November 11. The day’s activities include live musical entertainment, a civil war encampment, a military vehicle display and a program honoring all branches of our military.
The program, which begins at 11:00 a.m., includes an honor guard, live music, and remarks by keynote speaker Captain Dan Pedersen. Captain Pedersen was the senior officer in the group of nine men who formed the Navy’s legendary “Topgun” graduate program at Naval Air Station Miramar in March 1969. He served in combat during the Vietnam War, with two flying cruises on USS Hancock (CVA-19) and two on USS Enterprise (CVN-65). He commanded the super aircraft carrier USS Ranger. He accumulated 6,100 flight hours and 1,005 carrier landings while flying 39 types of aircraft. Pedersen has been inducted into the Aviation Hall of Fame in the Palm Springs Air Museum and San Diego’s Air and Space Museum.
The Reagan Library will be selling signed copies of Captain Pedersen’s new book, Topgun: An American Story throughout the day.
“A superb read...Dan Pedersen’s Topgun is a riveting, seat-of-the-pants flight into the lethal world of the fighter pilot told by the man who started it all!”
-Dan Hampton, New York Times bestselling author of Viper Pilot and Lords of the Sky
Outdoor events and the program are free to attend; however, reservations are recommended to attend the program. Museum admission rates apply to visit the Reagan Museum and Air Force One Pavilion, including our special exhibit, Egypt’s Lost Cities. Veterans with valid ID will receive free admission to the Museum on November 11. Active military members with valid ID are always free.