Memorial Day Ceremony

Monday, May 29, 2 p.m. 

Join Independence Seaport Museum, the Chapel of Four Chaplains and guest speaker Maura "Mo" Gillen in commemorating Memorial Day with a special ceremony aboard  the fantail of Cruiser Olympia. 

 The Memorial Day Ceremony is open to the public and free to all attendees. Those that attend the Ceremony will also have access to explore Cruiser Olympia.

 Veterans and active duty military will receive free admission to the rest of the Museum, including Submarine Becuna, on Memorial Day. Special admission for veteran and active military family members will be $10 for adults and $6 for children under 18 years old. 

About Maura "Mo" Gillen 
Mo Gillen retired from the Army in the fall of 2013, after 27 years on active duty. She is a 1986 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and selected the Field Artillery as her branch when she commissioned. Her first assignment was with a NATO unit in Holland. She later served as a Public Affairs Officer in marketing and recruiting positions, and earned an MBA with a marketing concentration from the University of Houston. She served in a variety of command and staff positions, including service as a strategic communication staff officer at the Pentagon, in support of the U.S. European and African Commands. She spent 2008 deployed to Iraq serving on General Petraesus's staff, monitoring Pan-Arab and Western media. Her final Army assignment was as the Professor of Military Science and head of the Army ROTC program at Drexel University, with some additional service at the 2nd ROTC Brigade, Fort Dix, New Jersey, serving the 42 senior ROTC units in the Northeast. She has found Philadelphia to be incredibly military- and veteran-friendly, and remained in the area after her retirement. She joined the community initially as Deputy Executive Director of the Veterans Multi-Service Center, where she led the expansion of services to Chester, Montgomery and Delaware counties, and continues to serve in a number of local veteran organizations, including the West Point Society of Philadelphia and the William Penn Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army. Mo lives in Haverford with her husband, Hank; they have three children and one grandchild.