Yesterday, Silent Wings Museum announced the launch of Blue Star Museums, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2011.

“Blue Star Museums may be the program at the NEA of which I am proudest,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “Blue Star Museums recognizes and thanks our military families for all they are doing for our country, and simultaneously begins young people on a path to becoming life-long museum goers.”

Last year was the inaugural year for Blue Star Museums, and had 800 museums involved in the program. This year, Silent Wings joins more than 1300 museums across the country who are participating in the Blue Star program.