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Last chance for free admission for military families this summer

Charleston, W. Va. All active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and their families can visit the Clay Center museum galleries for free through Labor Day. In honor of the service of our many men and women in uniform, the Clay Center is once again offering special summer discounts through the Blue Star Museums program.

Running from Memorial Day through Labor Day, the program is a partnership between Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Center joins more than 1,500 museums that are offering free admission to military families in 2012.

As an added bonus, the Center is also offering discounted prices of $2 to planetarium shows and $3 to giant screen films.

Clay Center President and CEO Judy Wellington said more than 300 people have taken advantage of the second-year program – three times the number from last summer.

“Giving back to our men and women in uniform is important to us, so it’s great to see that they’re enjoying the benefits of this special project,” she said. “We’d love to see even more military families visit for free this week.”

The Blue Star Museum program is the product of Blue Star Families, a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization that raises awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life. Joining Blue Star Families in the project is the National Endowment for the Arts, a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, bringing the arts to all Americans and providing leadership in arts education.

The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard), National Guard and Reserve members and up to five immediate family members.

For more information, visit or call 304-561-3570. Clay Center museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

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