FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 7, 2023
Bethlehem, PA – The National Museum of Industrial History(NMIH) will honor those who served on Saturday, November 11, 2023. The day will begin at 10am with a commemoration ceremony hosted by the Steelworkers Veterans Memorial Committee on the Museum’s plaza. The commemoration ceremony will include a performance by the Broughal Middle School Band as well as remarks from various distinguished guests. Special keynote speaker will be Staff Sergeant Tim Chambers. Since 2002 Chambers has become known as “The Saluting Marine” for a yearly salute he held in Washington, D.C. at the annual POW/MIA event known as Rolling Thunder. Additional appearances are anticipated to include the Bethlehem Mounted Police.
Following the ceremony, Veterans and their families receive free admission to the museum from 10am to 5pm. Visitors will have a chance to see military related archival footage screening in the Barnette Education Center throughout the day.
“We are privileged to have the Steelworkers Veterans Memorial as a feature on the Museum’s Plaza and honored to have the Steelworkers Veterans Memorial Committee host this important commemoration ceremony each year,” said NMIH Executive Director Andria Zaia. “Thanks to our generous sponsors Hank and Joanne Barnette and Kaplan’s Awning, we are able to welcome veterans and their families free of charge as a way to thank them for their service.”
About the Keynote Speaker
Tim Chambers grew up working on his grandparents’ farm in Silverton, Oregon. He enlisted in the Marine Corps and served from 1994 to 2010. Over his career, he received numerous awards for his volunteerism and a Navy Commendation Medal for his actions on 9/11 at the Pentagon and days after. Since 2002, he has become known as the “Saluting Marine” for a yearly salute he held at the annual POW/MIA event in Washington, D.C. known as “Rolling Thunder”. A published author and motivational speaker, he is currently enrolled at Millersville University working on obtaining a dual masters degree in Social Work and Emergency Management. Chambers is also working with his wife’s real estate and loan business. He lives by his Grandpa (Coast Guard WWII Veteran) motto on the farm: “There is always something to do.” His outreach focuses on young and old, no one will leave our ranks without being appreciated whether they served in the military or showed patriotism. For more information visit www.thesalutingmarine.com
A Smithsonian Institution-affiliate, the National Museum of Industrial History is dedicated to preserving America’s rich industrial heritage. Housed in an 18,000-square-foot, 100-year-old former Bethlehem Steel facility on the largest private brownfield in America, the Museum is home to exciting exhibits, engaging programs and amazing history. Learn more at nmih.org.
Megan Pildis, Director of Development
National Museum of Industrial History