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August 5, 2013
By Alyssa J. Miller
A younger generation learns the importance of honoring our veterans.
Fifi is the main attraction during the EAA AirVenture Honor Flight Aug. 2.
A B-29 and B-25s fly over EAA AirVenture during Honor Flight.
A wall of fire timed with the warbird overflight ends Honor Flight with a bang.
As the B-29 Fifi and three B-25 North American Mitchell bombers flew overhead at EAA AirVenture for a missing man salute, a hush fell over the crowd while taps played through loudspeakers.
The missing man flyover, other formation flights that included torpedo bombers, and a “wall of fire” timed for the finale paid respect to veterans Aug. 2 during an Honor Flight ceremony in Oshkosh, Wis.
Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band paid tribute to current military personnel and veterans later that evening during a free concert at Phillips 66 Square. The band performs worldwide and on military bases. Sinise, who played Mac Taylor on the TV series CSI:NY, said he has made it his mission to honor those in the military since he portrayed Lt. Dan in the movie Forrest Gump.
This summer I attended what is now called EAA AirVenture for the twenty-fourth time—20 in a row.
The 24-cent airmail stamp with the inverted Jenny, originally issued May 10, 1918, was scheduled to be reissued as a $2 stamp.
EAA AirVenture is traditionally viewed as a showcase for the lighter end of general aviation, with the emphasis on the Experimental, amateur-built category.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.