Silver Service Medallion Honorees John P. Laborde and David L. Oreck; Whitney Bank President Joseph S. Exnicious; and museum President and CEO Dr. Gordon H. “Nick” Mueller are pictured on our cover representing The National World War II Museum’s “American Spirit Awards” presented by Whitney Bank.

While events surrounding awards take place June 8-10, the gala itself is Friday, June 9, 6-9:30 p.m. at the museum’s US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center. The event will celebrate the honorees pictured on our cover, as well as American Spirit Awards Honorees, the Billy Michal Award Honorees and American Spirit Medallion Honorees. Tom Brokaw will serve as Master of Ceremonies, gala entertainment will be provided by The Midtown Men and chef Tory McPhail will provide the cuisine.

The American Spirit Awards Gala celebrates individuals and organizations whose work reflects the values and spirit of those who served our country during World War II. The proceeds from this year’s gala will support educational programming at the museum.

Purchase tickets and learn more by visiting or by calling 528-1944, extension 334.

Photographed by Jeffery Strout  
Special thanks to The National World War II Museum’s Assistant Director of Communications Michelle Moore for her invaluable assistance.