Photos by Tyson
Tom Poberezny reads the names of the 2009 Memorial Wall inductees
A child makes a
keepsake pencil rubbing at the Memorial Wall.
August 2, 2009 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Tangible feelings of love, sorrow,
enlightenment, respect, and healing filled the air at Sunday morning's EAA
Memorial Wall ceremony as attendees sought comfort and healing for the
loss of their loved ones.
"The depth of the sorrow is in direct
proportion to the depth of the love we have for those we remember
today," said EAA President and Chairman Tom Poberezny. "Without
the love, you wouldn't be here."
As Poberezny read the names of 80 new Wall
inductees, the poignant missing man formation flew overhead against a
clear, blue-sky backdrop. After all names were read, the grounds grew
silent for trumpeter Joseph Maehl's rendition of "Taps."
"They're looking down upon you,"
reassured Poberezny. "They loved aviation, and the common bond that
aviation created in their lives."
Following the ceremony, the ashes of the late
EAA Director Emeritus Bob Gyllenswan were spread at the summit of Compass
Hill by his wife, Adelle.