From time to time, the AMCM holds a Volunteer Appreciation Day for our amazing volunteer group. This year our volunteer group gathered at the more than 150-year-old Cape Canaveral Lighthouse. The Lighthouse is on the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and is the only working lighthouse owned by the United States Space Force. Originally constructed in 1864, it was moved to its current location in 1894 and stands over 150 feet tall.
After AMCM's Mark Pieloch and staff thanked the Volunteer group and eating lunch, they could tour the inside of the Lighthouse and even go all the way to the top. Not everyone took them up on the offer, but those who did saw an amazing view of the Atlantic Ocean, the Space Launch Complex 36, and the new Blue Origin facility. Next to the Lighthouse is Hangar C, which is the oldest structure of its type on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Built in 1953 as the first exclusive missile assembly building, it now contains early winged missiles, ballistic missiles, and boilerplate capsules.
The AMCM hosted a charitable fundraiser to benefit the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation on October 23rd, 2021. During this Keep the Light Shining event, the Lighthouse Foundation extended an invitation to host our own AMCM Volunteers and we saw this as a great opportunity to gather and thank all of our amazing and hard-working volunteers. Not everyone could attend, but all know they are a valued member of our AMCM Volunteer family.
For those interested in attending the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse, museum, and gift shop are available via prescheduled tours. Since they are located on an active military installation, you cannot drive your own vehicle onto the facility. Members of the public can only visit by taking a tour, which must be booked at least two days prior, to process through Space Force Security. More information can be found at CanaveralLight.org. Huge thanks again to our own AMCM Volunteers and to the great Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Volunteers for such an enjoyable afternoon!