The “American Spirit Awards” gala celebrates “individuals and organizations whose work reflects the values and spirit of those who served our country during the World War II years.” Each year The National WWII Museum honors people who inspire others through their own acts of service, generosity and courage, particularly through their leadership and service to their country and community.

Myriad awards will be given out at the event. The 2018 Spirit Award Recipients are actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise; Philanthropist and Chairman and CEO of C.V. Starr & Co. Inc. Maurice Greenberg; and Senator John McCain. This year’s American Spirit Medallion Recipients are our own Archie Manning and Susan Hess, as well as First Lady of El Paso, Texas, author and Presidential Citizens Award Recipient Adair Margo. This year’s Silver Service Medallion Recipients are: Lt. General Victor “Brute” Krulak USMC (Ret.), Gen. Charles C. Krulak USMC (Ret.) and  Bernice “Bee” Falk Haydu. In addition, the Billy Michal Student Leadership Award will be presented to “one student from each state and the District of Columbia who demonstrates the American Spirit in his or her community.”

The gala’s proceeds will support educational programming at the museum, as well as online experiences that bring the museum and its resources to students around the world. This year’s events will take place at the museum starting Thursday, June 7 with a Patron Reception, with the “American Spirit Awards Luncheon and Leadership Forum” on Friday, June 8, and the gala itself that evening. The gala will feature food by five different chefs and entertainment by The Temptations Review with Special Guest Theo Peoples.

For more information and to purchase tickets, call 528-1944 or visit