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May 13, 2016

CONTACT:   Erica Smith
Director of Marketing & Public Relations

Bok Tower Gardens Salutes Military Families

LAKE WALES, Fla. - Bok Tower Gardens is proud to once again join over 2,000 Blue Star Museums across the United States to offer free admission to active military personnel and their families May 30 through September 5, 2016. The offer is valid for the military ID holder and up to five family members. The military ID holder can either be an active duty service member or other dependent family member with the appropriate ID card. The active duty member does not have to be present for family members to use the program, as long as the dependent family member has the appropriate ID card.

In addition to the Blue Star Museum program, the Gardens will honor the brave men and women who are currently serving in our nation’s military services on Armed Forces Day. Free admission is offered on Saturday, May 21, 2016 to active, retired and disabled veterans of all military branches with valid ID. Special carillon concerts feature patriotic musical selections at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The patriotic celebration continues with a special musical salute of gratitude to our nation’s veterans and current members of America’s armed forces on Memorial Day. Free admission is offered on Monday, May 30, 2016 to active, retired and disabled veterans of all military branches with valid ID. Special patriotic carillon concerts take place at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

“This is our chance to give back for the sacrifices these men and women have made for our freedom,” said Gardens’ director of visitor services and programs Jennifer D’hollander. “We look forward to Armed Forces Day every year and hosting our active military families this summer,” D’hollander said.

Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, dedicated to supporting, connecting and empowering military families.

The Blue Star Museum program was created in collaboration with National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, museums, and venues across America. Each summer since 2010, Blue Star Museums have offered free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. For more information on the Blue Star Museum program and frequently asked questions, visit‑star‑museums.

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