CAPE MAY – The Friends of the World War II Lookout Tower will honor area veterans of all wars on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, at the restored World War II Lookout Tower (Fire Control Tower No. 23).

The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. and will include a look back to the early part of the 20th century with a talk by Robert Heinly on the theme “Cape May's Role in World War I.”

The World War II Lookout Tower Museum and Memorial is located on Sunset Boulevard in Lower Township near Cape May Point. It pays tribute to the dedicated men and women who served, and stands as a reminder of the Cape May area's important role during the war years.

The tower will also be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with free admission to the public on Armed Forces Day.

The World War II Lookout Tower was part of the large coastal defense system known as Fort Miles that extended into Delaware and protected the entrance to the Delaware Bay during World War II. In March 2009, the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) completed the restoration of the World War II Lookout Tower, historically known as Fire Control Tower No. 23, and opened the wartime landmark to the public.

Family members can honor loved ones through memorial plaques mounted permanently at the site. An All Veterans Memorial was dedicated at the tower on May 19, 2012 and is open throughout the year for quiet contemplation. Armed Services Day is celebrated annually at the tower.

The Friends of the World War II Lookout Tower, an affinity group of MAC, is comprised of concerned citizens, families and veterans who seek to foster a greater understating and appreciation of not only Cape May's important role in World War II, but also of the traits of patriotism, loyalty and self-sacrifice so evident in the people of these war years. MAC and "Friends" membership is open to all.

If you are interested in becoming a "Friends" member, contact Heinly, Tower Friends Coordinator, at 609-224-6032 or 609-884-5404, ext. 1-134.