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Flabob Celebrates Veterans’ Day In Style
In a series of touching ceremonies reminiscent of life in this country 60 years ago, Flabob Airport took the time to honor America’s veterans. Despite some early showers, thousands of people from the surrounding communities turned out to celebrate.
By: WATHEN FOUNDATION AND NATIONAL VETERANS GROUPS
America’s veterans. Despite some early showers, thousands of people from the surrounding communities turned out to dine in a military mess tent complete with S.O.S., wander among military aircraft, antique cars, exhibitions, and non-stop entertainment.
A special observance just after noon featured numerous political and military speakers, patriotic songs, bagpipes, an honor guard and fly-overs by local pilots. The event was hosted by the Wathen Foundation, which has turned the interface with the community into an annual event. This year they were enhanced by a number of local co-sponsors who contributed to staging of the event.
A ceremony in the EAA Chapter One facility honored three men for their lifetime contributions to aviation. Wathen Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to Roger Farnes, Jan Buttermore and Al Gester for their contributions to aviation activities at Flabob Airport and other organizations affiliated with flying.
Jon Goldenbaum, who organizes the event every year, said: “Our Veterans’ Day ritual provides a fitting way of honoring those men and women who have served this country in uniform. It’s also been a highly successful experience in reaching out to the community in the spirit of friendship and cooperation. People are very enthusiastic and highly supportive. It’s a time for fun, for reflection and for expressing our appreciation for those who have given so much to preserve our way of life here.”
Flabob will do it again next year. To follow the activities at the historic airport visit www.Flabob.org.
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