With the pandemic putting the brakes on normal museum operations last year, two Midway volunteers, Bonnie Brown and Al Pierce, were honored with the esteemed David Flohr Award as volunteers of the year in 2021. 

“This distinction is reserved for the volunteers who truly go above and beyond to serve the museum mission,” said Laurie Switzer, Midway’s director of volunteer programs.

“Volunteers who truly go above and beyond to serve the museum mission.”

Bonnie Brown
Al Pierce

Bonnie Brown brings 50 years expertise in library science, and has elevated Midway’s naval aviation library to unexpected heights. The library maintains an archive of more than 8,000 books and conducts extensive research on a wide variety of Midway and other military subjects. 

“She brings a true team spirit to the library,” said Laurie. “Bonnie recognizes that each of the library team members play a significant role in the vast and expansive task list within the library.”

 “I was thrilled to represent the 65 library volunteers who work so hard to preserve the history of the USS Midway and those who served aboard,” said Bonnie, who has more 12,000 volunteer hours over the last 14 years. “It is an incredible honor to be picked as volunteer of the year as there are so many worthy volunteers who deserve the honor.”

Al Pierce has contributed nearly 22,000 hours of his time and talent assisting museum guests for more than a decade. Serving on both the safety and docent teams, he has routinely taken on leadership positions.

“This is greatly appreciated recognition,” said Al, who has been a volunteer since 2009. “I really enjoy all my time on the Midway because of all the great volunteers that I work with.”

“He is truly one of the key players in our museum operations,” said Laurie. 

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