On August 11, 2011 Linda Hill, Director of Public Relations for the Hickory Aviation Museum, spoke to the club about the museum. The Hickory Aviation Museum, operated by the Sabre Society of North Carolina, is located at the airport in Hickory, North Carolina. Static aircraft displays are located on the former terminal ramp, and the visitor center is in the former passenger terminal. The Sabre Society has been dedicated to the preservation of aviation history for more than 16 years, but is perhaps best known for organizing some of the best air shows in the Eastern United States. Linda stressed one of the Hickory Aviation Museum most important missions involves local veterans of all branches of service. This mission has three main goals:
- 1 – Honor and express our gratitude to veterans for the sacrifices they have made
- 2 – Increase and education about those sacrifices for all citizens of the Hickory area
- 3 – Preserve the stories, experiences, and artifacts that veterans can share, so that we can all understand those experiences in the context of our own lives for many more years to come.