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WWII Museum kicks off Veterans Day weekend with a job fair

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NEW ORLEANS - Monday is Veterans Day. It's an opportunity to remember the sacrifices that members of the armed forces endure. The National World War II Museum will host everything from a job fair to the Louisiana Philharmonic to celebrate.

Ronald Kappel, a retired Air Force mechanic who served three tours in Vietnam, took a bus trip from Gulfport to visit the National World War II Museum.

"I was an airplane mechanic," Kappel said. "I worked on the gooney bird up there, C-47, early in my career, and then I was a weapons mechanic, intelligence. When I was in Vietnam, I was in intelligence.

He said the exhibits he viewed take him back to his service.

"Getting back to the fraternity of the military and how we all mean so much to each other and how we all worked hard," said Kappel.

Military and veterans affairs consultant for the museum Bill Detweiler is excited the facility can offer so much this Veterans Day.

"People are looking for jobs, here's an opportunity," Detweiler said. "We have 75 employers coming in."

The museum's major Veterans Day weekend events kick off with a job fair Thursday. On Friday,  veterans interested in starting a business are invited to an entrepreneur's boot camp.

"(It's) sort of a mini MBA-type course where they can work through a syllabus online," Detweiler said. "Eventually they end up at a university for about eight or nine days. They sharpen up a business plan and then that group works with them for about a year on financing and so forth for people that are interested in going into their own business."

Over the years, Veterans Day evolved to include the men and women that wear all of these uniforms.

"This is not Memorial Day," Detweiler said. "We are not commemorating Memorial Day. We are celebrating Veterans Day and what these men and women did in defense of the freedoms that we enjoy."

Kappel said he is reminded of the hardship of war.

"The suffering more than anything, and the needless suffering of the people that go to war," Kappel said.

He said he's proud to have served his country.

"We couldn't survive without it," he said. "The military for me is nothing but a positive thing. I think everybody should serve."

There are more events throughout the weekend. On Monday morning - Veterans Day - the Train Car exhibit will be unveiled. Monday evening the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra performs a special concert narrated by John Goodman.

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