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National WWII Museum names Nevada winner of ‘Salute to Freedom’ contest
by Tribune Staff
Jul 29, 2012 | 2236 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
NEW ORLEANS — Taylor Stuard, an 8th-grade student from Sparks, has been named one of The National World War II Museum’s “Salute to Freedom” award winners and will be one of 51 students nationwide to travel to New Orleans to participate in the grand opening of the museum’s new U.S. Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, in January.

The contest, made possible by the museum’s unique partnership with the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest, called on qualifying students to submit an application and respond to two essay questions. Winners were chosen based on their knowledge of the past and its connection to the future as well as their knowledge of their state’s role in World War II. Winners were announced during the National History Day awards ceremony, held June 14 in College Park, Md.

Taylor Stuard advanced to the National History Day Contest with an exhibit on the Tuskegee Airmen, a project that had a profound influence on him. He says his views on equality “are greatly influenced by the bravery of these men.” Taylor’s research on the Tuskegee Airmen led him to look at Nevada’s own aviation history and its role in training pilots during World War II. Nevada, he says, “should emphasize its contribution to the training of American pilots who fought in World War II by building a museum displaying the aircraft and history.”

“Taylor Stuard is a great example of just one standout student who recognizes the important lessons of WWII, why it was fought, how it was won and how it continues to have an impact today,” said Dr. Gordon H. “Nick” Mueller, president and CEO of The National WWII Museum. “We hope that when he returns, he will share his experience with other students and help advance our goal of educating younger generations about the war that changed the world. It is particularly important for Nevada’s younger citizens to learn the stories of WWII now as there are currently only 11,683 WWII veterans left in the state and by 2020 there will be 2,832.”

The museum’s new pavilion will pay tribute to all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces who were active in the war. The pavilion will contain a spectacular collection of macro-artifacts, including a restored B-17 Flying Fortress and an interactive submarine experience based on the final mission of the USS Tang. A special section will feature a wall displaying images of all 464 WWII Medal of Honor recipients and interactive kiosks that allow visitors to access the military and personal history of each recipient.

For more information, call 877-813-3329 or 504-528-1944 or visit www.nationalww2museum.org. Follow us on Twitter at WWIImuseum or visit our Facebook page.
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