|Veterans of all ages are welcome to participate in the Parade of Veterans.
|Oshkosh Corporation provides a free hat to veterans while supplies last on EAA's Salute to Veterans Day on Friday.
August 1, 2013 - Friday will be a very special day for our dedicated men and women in uniform as EAA features a daylong Salute to Veterans. Special events are scheduled from dawn until well after dark to honor veteran and active military, the courageous men and women who have proudly served our country.
The day begins with the first Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight for Vietnam veterans, conducted by the Old Glory Honor Flight Inc. in partnership with American Airlines and Oshkosh Corporation. The American Airlines 737 jet is scheduled to depart at 6:15 a.m. for Washington, D.C., where vets will visit memorials built in their honor.
Be at the Phillips 66 Plaza at approximately 5:45-6 p.m. to give the vets a hero's welcome, with Oshkosh Corporation providing a spectacular water cannon salute.
As the vets deplane, singer Tony Orlando will perform "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree," creating an incredibly emotional moment of closure for the vets and their families. Orlando appears courtesy of American Airlines.
Then it's Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band, which takes the Main Plaza Stage at 7:30 p.m. for a concert sponsored by DAV and EAA Warbirds of America.
Here are the activities slated for the rest of Salute to Veterans Day:
8-9 a.m. - American Airlines-sponsored breakfast for vets in the EAA Partner Resource Center. (Pre-registration closed.)
9 a.m.-3 p.m. - Veterans can pick up a free hat courtesy of Oshkosh Corporation and EAA Warbirds of America at the Warbirds Welcome Building, north of the orange wayfinding tower (while supplies last).
10 a.m. - Vietnam tribute featuring Medal of Honor recipient Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady, Main Plaza Stage.
11 a.m. - Bud Anderson, World War II triple ace, interviewed by David Hartman, Main Plaza Stage.
12 p.m. - History of Warbirds of America and EAA, featuring Bill Harrison, John Baugh, and others, Main Plaza Stage.
1 p.m. - PBY flying boat featuring WWII PBY pilot Jack Morrissey, Main Plaza Stage.
1:30 p.m. - Veterans Parade presented by Oshkosh Corporation starts at Warbirds Alley, to the Main Plaza Stage.
2:15 p.m. - DAV National Commander Larry Polzin, Gary Sinise, EAA Chairman Jack Pelton, a representative from Oshkosh Corporation, and EAA Warbirds of America President Harold Cannon, Main Plaza Stage.
After the Lt. Dan Band concert, join David Hartman at Theater in the Woods as he conducts a one-on-one interview with Gen. Brady, beginning at 9 p.m.