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World War I Memorial Legacy Jump Will Include Skydiving 96-Year-Old Veteran

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Peter Bielskis in his uniform
Courtesy of the World War I Memorial and Museum
Peter Bielskis served as a ball turret gunner in England during World War II

A World War II veteran will be making his third jump along with his Vietnam veteran son.

Peter Bielskis shares his experiences from World War II when he served as an Air Corps Staff Sergeant in England. The 96-year-old will be parachuting out of an airplane to commemorate Veterans Day — joined by his son, Dennis Bielskis, who is a Vietnam War veteran. They explained what's behind their decision to do these special skydiving events.

  • Dr. Matthew C. Naylor, President and CEO of the WWI Memorial and Museum
  • Peter Bielskis, Army Air Corps, Staff Sergeant, WWII, England
  • Dennis Bielskis, US Army, Sergeant, Vietnam

The National World War I Museum and Memorial's Legacy Jump will take place at 7:30 a.m. on November 11, 2020 at 2 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, Missouri 64108. A full listing of events running from November 7-15 is available at

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.