Depicting a U.S.
Army’s 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion soldier from the
1943 Italian campaign, re-enactor Matt Varnes of Addison,
Illinois, reads a letter from home. Photo by Frederick A.
of the hat
Free hat to vets, active-duty
|All veterans and active military
personnel can display their pride at EAA AirVenture with a free
“Salute to Veterans” commemorative hat, courtesy of Oshkosh
Corporation, the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), and EAA
Warbirds of America.
Hats are available daily during
AirVenture from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at a pickup location adjacent
to the wayfinding tower in the Warbirds area, while supplies
last each day. Veterans and active military personnel must be
present in order to receive the hat.
An extensive list of special programs and
events will be part of EAA’s Salute to Veterans week-long celebration,
which includes more than 300 warbirds from every era joining forces with
our current military.
The Salute to Veterans celebration honors
military personnel from all branches in the United States, as well as
other nations, for service to their country and fellow citizens.
“Salute to Veterans is a way for EAA
members to say thank you to all those who have served and to remember
those who never came home,” said Bill Fischer, executive director, EAA
Warbirds of America.
This celebration, which is led by EAA,
the Warbirds of America, and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV),
coincides with the 75th anniversaries of two significant U.S. military
aircraft: The Boeing B-17 bomber and the Douglas DC-3 aircraft, which
carried the C-47 (Army) and R-4D (Navy) designations during its active
There will be dozens of DC-3s on the
grounds, including for the “Max Effort” day tomorrow, when many of
those aircraft will be flying in an unforgettable display.
A special veterans parade will take place
at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 30. Veterans should meet at Taxiway P-1 on the
southern edge of Scotts Warbird Alley at 1:30 p.m. The parade will end
with a first-ever group photo at 2:30 p.m. on AeroShell Square
officially opening the afternoon air show.
Hundreds of forums and presentations are
taking place in honor of our veterans all over AirVenture grounds. There
will be a daily “salute” presentation from a veteran(s) at the EAA
Welcome Center at 10 a.m. on the Welcome Center Stage. If you are a
veteran, make sure you sign the Veterans Wall in the Welcome Center.
Twice daily, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., the
Warbirds in Review program will highlight a specific airplane, the
people who flew them, and the pilots that own them today.
What not to miss:
- Monday: Scotts Warbird Alley
dedication 2 p.m.; Afternoon air show featuring the North American
- Tuesday: “Max Effort”
afternoon air show featuring DC-3/C-47 formation flights and aerial
- Wednesday: Afternoon air show
featuring warbirds from the Vietnam War era.
- Thursday: “Honor Flight” to
Washington, D.C. 8 a.m. departure and 6 p.m. arrival back in
Oshkosh, AeroShell Square; afternoon air show featuring classic
- Friday: Veterans Parade (2
p.m.) and group photo (2:30 p.m.) just prior to air show, afternoon
air show featuring the “Warbirds Spectacular” with pyrotechnics;
Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band, presented by EAA, EAA Warbirds of
America and the Disabled American Veterans 8 p.m. in the Theater in
the Woods. The band tours the world performing for our troops with
the USO (Gary is best known for his role as Vietnam veteran Lt. Dan
Taylor in the classic film Forrest Gump).
- Saturday: Afternoon air show
featuring the “Warbirds Spectacular” with pyrotechnics.
- Sunday: Afternoon air show
featuring “Warbird Aerobatics” (note: approx 2 p.m.; all other
afternoon air shows start at approx. 3 p.m.).
For a full listing of Salute to Veterans
events and special aircraft at AirVenture, visit www.AirVenture.org/salute
or refer to the AirVenture Info Guide, which is available
throughout the grounds.
And don’t forget to thank a veteran
during your stay at AirVenture!