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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS FeedEAA members pay their respects at Memorial Wall Ceremony
By Ric Reynolds, EAA AirVenture Today
  

Photos by Tyson Rininger
Tom Poberezny reads the names of the 2009 Memorial Wall inductees Sunday morning.

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.

 

 

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