Friday, January 22, 2010

WWII Veterans Day at Spruce Creek

Spruce Creek's EAA Tribute to VeteransSPRUCE CREEK, FL - A fitting tribute to the WWII heroes of the Greatest Generation was celebrated at the Spruce Creek Fly-In yesterday. Hosted by the EAA Chapter 288 and long time Spruce Creek resident and benefactor, Conrad Yelvington in his new hangar, the event featured a static displays of WWII vehicles, memorabilia and three P-51 Mustangs fighters based at the Spruce Creek Airport.

A planned fly-by and missing man formation display had to be cancelled due to thunderstorms in close proximity. About 300 guests were in attendance to see and hear of the personal experiences of 22 surviving veterans of the war. These vets regaled the neighbors of this famous fly-in community with their first person accounts of their adventures in Europe during the war. Book signings and a dinner followed the exhibition.

"We owe so much to this group of heroes," proclaimed chapter president Keith Phillips, "These stories need to be told so that all of us can truly appreciate the costs of the freedoms we enjoy."

Here are some images of the event:

Photos by Carlos Bravo, Spruce Creek Journal

The Spruce Creek Fly-in is the World’s largest residential airpark. Located near Daytona Beach, Florida, its grounds and private airport (7FL6) are restricted to Residents and Invited Guests only. For more information about the Spruce Creek Fly-In, click here: Spruce Creek.

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