Welcome Back, Blue Star Museums!
From Charleston to New York City, Rocco was up and down the east coast this week celebrating the launch of Blue Star Museums. Now in its third year, the program honors active duty service members and their families by offering free admission to over 1,600 participating museums between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
The kick-off events began on Tuesday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where Rocco was joined by special guests such as Captain Creel Brown and his daughter Riley, Gunnery Sargent Mark Butler, Joining Forces Executive Director Brad Cooper, and Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet. The group toured the American Wing, browsed battle gear at the Arms and Armor wing, and explored the Temple of Dendur, a massive relic from Ancient Egypt.
The next day, it was off to the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina. There, Rocco learned about the city's artistic history as he toured the museum with Lt. Col Craig Punches, Lt. Col Maureen Robinson and her son Shawn, Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley, and Army Wives cast member Brian McNamara. We interviewed Angela Mack, the museum's chief curator and executive director, to learn the back story of what the Blue Star Museums group saw during their tour.
Below are a few photos from this week's launch events, but we'll post plenty more images and interviews throughout the summer on the Blue Star Museums blog. If you're on Twitter, we'll also keep you updated through the hashtag #bluestarmuse.