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Veterans Visit Free at Wheels Through Time this Weekend!

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DATE: March 21, 2009

CONTACT: Matt Walksler

PHONE: (828) 926-6266

FAX: (828) 926-9158



Veterans Visit Free at Wheels Through Time this Weekend!

This coming weekend, the Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley, NC will be honoring our nation's military by paying tribute to those men and women who have served our country, both past and present. Throughout the entire weekend, the museum will be offering free admission for all military veterans, as well as both active and non-active members of our nation's armed forces.

Several times each year, Wheels Through Time proudly recognizes those who have served our great country in various capacities. These events include numerous free-admission days and weekends throughout the spring, summer, and fall; hosting the annual Haywood County Toy Run on Veterans Day weekend in November; and showcasing its ever-growing Historical Military Motorcycles exhibit during our nation's birthday on July 4th each year.

Expect to see over a dozen rare military machines at the museum this weekend. Having just returned from Milwaukee, where it was on loan to the Harley-Davidson museum for their month-long "Harley's and Hollywood" exhibit, the museum's 1917 Harley-Davidson messenger pigeon carrier will be on display, and will be fired-up for visitors regularly. The "Pigeon Carrier" is the world's only known example and carries with it a unique story dating back to the earliest forms of "wireless communication". Decades after its role of providing a means of communication from the front lines of battle to safety behind American lines, the "Pigeon Carrier" was later used in "The Spirit of St. Louis", the 1957 Oscar-nominated movie starring Jimmie Stewart as Charles Lindberg. Subsequently owned by the late actor, Steve McQueen, the WWI-era machine was bought in the 1980s by museum curator, Dale Walksler, and has been on display for museum visitors ever since.

Nearly all of the over 300 motorcycles and automobiles housed within the museum are in running and operating condition, and the military machines are no exception. Running and on display will be machines from both the North-African and European fronts of World War II, as well as the 1918 Harley-Davidson World War I sidecar on which Walksler rode in the 2009 Presidential Inauguration Parade in Washington, DC.

Wheels Through Time Museum, located at 62 Vintage Lane, across from the Fire Station in Maggie Valley, houses hundreds of rare and significant American motorcycles and automobiles set in a fascinating ambience for visitors of all ages to enjoy. The museum will be open all weekend from 9a.m.-5p.m., and all veterans and military members will receive free admission. For more information, visit their website, located at, or call (828) 926-6266.

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