Bethlehem’s National Museum of Industrial History holds Veterans Day service, offers free admission to vets and families

Written by on November 11, 2020

Bethlehem’s National Museum of Industrial History holds Veterans Day service, offers free admission to vets and families

By Jen Rehill

November 11, 2020

Photo courtesy of the National Museum of Industrial History Facebook page.

The National Museum of Industrial History (NMIH) held a special Veterans Day event Wednesday morning — a re-dedication of the Steelworkers Veterans Memorial.

It was held outdoors in the museum’s plaza at 10 a.m. along with the Bethlehem Steelworkers Committee. 

Museum spokesman Glenn Koehler says there’s a strong connection between World War II veterans and the city’s steel industry.

“There’s a lot of those guys who ended up serving as well and then coming back and working at Bethlehem Steel. So they were not only building for the war effort; they went and fought in the war, and then continued building for the war effort.”

The memorial was recently moved to NMIH from outside the steel plant’s employee entrance gate.

Koehler also says veterans and their families will get into the museum for free today. 

The event will also honor Richard Schimmel, an Allentown native and WWII veteran who survived the attacks on Pearl Harbor, with a procession from the Nam Knights of America Motorcycle Club. Guests are asked to wear masks and observe social distancing guidelines. 

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