Heroes Hut - Free Area for Veterans & First Responders
A new addition to our 2018 festival is the Heroes Hut, a covered rest area which will offer:
- Complimentary snacks
- Non-alcoholic beverages
- Veteran's resource information
Heroes Hut is open to active and retired military members, veterans of all military branches, first responders and up to 3 accompanying family members. This area will honor Heroes of all ethnic backgrounds, not just the Irish. The Heroes Hut will be located along the lake shore north of the Snug stage.
Milwaukee Irish Fest has been designated a Commemorative Partner of the United States Department of Defense's Vietnam War, 50th Anniversary Commemoration. Our 2018 Heroes Hut programming will include a presentation on Saturday, August 18, at 3:45 pm on the Miller Lite Stage, to honor Vietnam War Veterans and present them with the Department of Defense's Vietnam 50th Anniversary lapel pin. Vietnam veterans will be entitled to receive a pin on a first come, first serve basis (available quantities may be limited). On Saturday, August 18, between 12 and 4 pm, veterans will receive free admission at any gate into the festival (one admission per veteran, only).
Friday, August 17: 4 - 8 pm
Saturday, August 18: 12 - 8 pm
Sunday, August 19: 11 - 7 pm
Active military receive free admission at any gate, all four days of the festival, plus one guest, with valid ID.
Veterans receive free admission at any gate, with valid ID on Saturday, August 18, between the hours of 12 and 4 pm. Ceremony/presentation begins at 3:45 pm at Miller Lite stage.
Veterans and military personeel receive free admission, plus one guest with valid ID on Sunday, August 19 (any time of the day and at any gate).
Vietnam Veterans Presentation, Saturday, August 18, at 3:45 pm on the Miller Lite Stage
Keynote Speaker: Christopher O'Connor: USMC Officer Veteran
Colonel Christopher E. O’Connor served over thirty years in the U.S. Marine Corps, retiring in 2009. The son of a World War II Marine Veteran, his last assignment was as Commanding Officer of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California. A Marine pilot, Colonel O’Connor served in operational units throughout the world and flew both helicopters and jet aircraft. He had the privilege of commanding Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 and served as the Assistant Wing Commander of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in Okinawa, Japan. His staff assignments included duty as Deputy Director of the Office of Asian and Pacific Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and as the Deputy Legislative Assistant to the Commandant of the Marine Corps. He currently works for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C. where he is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Legislative Affairs. His oldest son Brian is a Marine MV-22 Osprey pilot stationed at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina.