The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will honor active-duty and retired armed services members with free museum admission on Veterans Day (Nov. 11). As an additional token of thanks to the United States Armed Forces, the museum will also extend free admission for up to three immediate family members.
Special programming through the day will include Words & Music for CreatiVets featuring Mason Douglas, Jerry Vandiver and Claire Wyndham at 12:45 CT in the Ford Theater. The three will perform songs written by participants of Creativets, a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower wounded veterans to heal through the arts and music.
Among other scheduled events is Operation Song with Bob Regan and Friends at 2:30 in the Ford Theater. Regan is founder of Operation Song, an organization that pairs professional songwriters with veterans, active-duty military members and their families to help them share their experiences through song. In a special songwriter round, Regan will be joined by Lynn Langham and Steve Williams, as well as Purple Heart recipient, veteran and singer-songwriter Ian Wagner.
The museum will also host a Songwriting 101 Workshop in honor of Veterans Day, where attendees will write a song as a group with singer-songwriter Jesse Wayne Taylor. Held at the Taylor Swift Education Center at 1:15, Taylor, who is the Nashville music instructor for CreatiVets, will teach song structure and writing techniques.
Throughout the day, visitors can stop by the Mike Curb Conservatory and the Taylor Swift Education Center to write a letter that will be sent to a member of the armed forces. The organization A Million Thanks will pass visitors’ notes along to those serving in a variety of U.S. military branches.
Timed admission tickets can be reserved by calling 615-416-2001, or tickets can be obtained at the museum’s box office with a valid military ID. Active duty and retired armed services members will also receive a 10% discount at the Museum Store and the Hatch Show Print retail store.
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