Peachtree City Veterans Day to Honor Viet Nam Veterans

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PEACHTREE CITY, GA – (October 29, 2013) – On Saturday, November 9th, veterans of the Viet Nam War will be recognized at Peachtree City’s 2013 Veterans Day Observance hosted by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing. The program will be held during the flying museum’s third annual Veterans Day Open House, 9am-Noon.  The open house and program is free to the public.

The open house will begin at 9am with tours of the CAF Dixie Wing Historical Airpower Facility museum and workshop where aircraft are restored and maintained.  Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions regarding current projects and education exhibits.  A variety of vintage military vehicles and aircraft will be on display including the CAF Dixie Wing’s World War II and Korean War warbirds and the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation Viet Nam War-era helicopters.  Rides will be available for purchase in several aircraft.

Bombshells United  and Music Alive, Peachtree City’s Official Ambassadors of Song, will perform classics from the 1960s and patriotic songs beginning at 10am.

The general entered the Air Force in 1962 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has commanded a test squadron and a tactical training wing, and served as chief of the joint operations division, J-3, Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Before assuming his current position, the general commanded the U.S. Air Force Air Warfare Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. He is a command pilot, having flown more than 4,900 hours in a variety of tactical aircraft. More than 500 of those hours were flown in combat over Southeast and Southwest Asia.
The general entered the Air Force in 1962 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has commanded a test squadron and a tactical training wing, and served as chief of the joint operations division, J-3, Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Before assuming his current position, the general commanded the U.S. Air Force Air Warfare Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. He is a command pilot, having flown more than 4,900 hours in a variety of tactical aircraft. More than 500 of those hours were flown in combat over Southeast and Southwest Asia.

At 11am, Maj Gen George Harrison, USAF, Ret. will serve as Master of Ceremonies for Peachtree City’s Veterans Day Observance.  Guest Speakers include Viet Nam War veterans Maj Gen Robert B. Patterson, USAF, Ret. and LTC Cliff Stern, U.S. Army, Ret.  Patterson was an AC-130 aircraft commander, while Stern was a UH-1 Huey helicopter pilot.

The 2012 Veteran’s Day program honored Korean War veterans.  Working with local chapters of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Marine Corps League, the project distributed commemorative certificates from the Department of Defense 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Committee to 150 Korean War veterans.

Viet Nam veterans and family members are invited to attend the 2013 Peachtree City Veterans Day Observance.  Civic, school and youth groups are also welcome to participate by displaying school projects or sharing memorabilia.  Display tables are available at no cost, but must be requested by Nov. 2nd.

Veterans Day dates back to 1918, when President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11th Armistice Day to remember the sacrifices of the men and women made during World War I.  After World War II, Armistice Day was expanded to celebrate all veterans.  On June 1, 1954, congress approved replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans,” and it has been known as Veterans Day since.

The 2013 Peachtree City Veterans Day Observance is hosted as a public service by the CAF Dixie Wing in cooperation with the city of Peachtree City  and Atlanta Regional Airport-Falcon Field.   For more info, please contact CAF Dixie Wing Public Information Officer Chris Madrid, cjmadrid@yahoo.com / 678-364-1110.  Website www.dixiewing.org

The Commemorative Air Force is a non-profit organization dedicated to flying and restoring World War II aircraft in Honor of American Military Aviation.  Based in Midland, Texas, the organization has over 10,000 members and operates a fleet of over 157 vintage aircraft distributed to 83 units located in 25 states.  www.commemorativeairforce.org.

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