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The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest aviation and aerospace achievement. We invite you to join us as we explore the treasures of Midwest aviation through first-hand experiences. Our contributors take turns flying lead, and we are always looking for new destinations. Check in with The Aero Experience frequently to see where we will land today, and then go out and have your own aero experiences!

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Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team












Sunday, April 1, 2012

2012 Salute to Veterans Corporation Memorial Day Salute to Veterans Events Announced

                                                                                         Media Chairman: Nancy Fields
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                    Phone:   573-268-3483
                                                                                         Email:  saluteveterans@ymail.com
                                                                                         Web Site:  www.salute.org  


DWAYNE O’BRIEN, GRAMMY NOMINATED SINGER-SONGWRITER TO PERFORM LIVE AT THE SALUTE TO VETERANS 24TH ANNUAL HONORED GUESTS AND VOLUNTEERS BANQUET ON SATURDAY,
MAY 26, 2012 AT MIZZOU ARENA

THEME:  “ETERNAL VIGILANCE”  THANKS TO OUR ARMED FORCES

Columbia, MO:   Dwayne O’Brien, Award-Winning, Grammy Nominated, Singer-Songwriter, and Founding Member of the Multi-Platinum Group “Little Texas” will perform his song “We Remember” LIVE at the Salute To Veterans Honored Guests and Volunteers Banquet to be held at the MIZZOU ARENA on Saturday, May 26, 2012.  This emotional anthem to military aviation has been incorporated into the Heritage Flight Program of the USAF A-10 Demonstration Teams for the past 10 years at airshows across the United States and Canada.  His video tribute to military heroes will be shown on two giant screens to accompany the song.
Tickets are only $40.00 a person for a carved buffet and fine wine on tables of eight. The program includes the introduction of all of the Military Demonstration Teams; Special Guests; the Tuskegee Airmen and Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP) and USN USS Forrestal Reunion groups; the naming of the Grand Marshal of the Salute to Veterans Parade; Recognition of the Honored Military Guests; Awards to Volunteers and an Auction for the Endowment Fund of wonderful items including aviation and military artwork and jewelry.  The evening will conclude with Dwayne O’Brien performing his song and patriotic video tribute to our Armed Forces and our Allies.  Immediately following will be a stirring rendition of “God Bless America” by Major General Arnold Fields, USMC, Ret.  

The Banquet is considered by many to be the high point of the Annual 6-Day Salute to Veterans Celebration which includes the Salute To Veterans Airshows on Saturday and Sunday, May 26th and 27th and the Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 28, 2012.   For more information and reservations: Call, Fax or E-mail Kimberly Boyer at (573) 449-0018; Fax:  573 443-4297; or E-Mail: kboyer@lwandco.com.

The FREE 2-Day Airshow, May 26-27, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM Columbia Regional Airport:

o   USN VFA-122 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet TACDEMO Team

o   WWII BT-13 Vultee “Valiant Echoes” Aerobatic Demonstration

o   The Lima Lima Aerobatic Demonstration Team

o   The US Army 101st Airborne “Screaming Eagles” Parachute Team

o   Canadian Forces Parachute Demonstration Team “The Skyhawks”

o   T-6 Texan II Demonstration Team

o   1943 SNJ-5 Texan Navy Aerobatics Demonstration

o   US Army K-9 Corps

o   World War I “Flying Circus” the Kansas City Dawn Patrol

o   University of Missouri Pershing Rifles Drill Team

o   Salute to the Nation Ceremony with Honored Military Guests, and Tuskegee Airmen, WASP, and USN USS Forrestal Reunion Groups.

 Over 40 vintage and active duty military aircraft will be on display and/or flying: 

o   Including a WWII TBM Avenger, WWII T-6 “Radial Velocity” Reno Racing plane, WWII C-47 Dakota,  USN P-3 Orion, WWII B-25 Mitchell Bomber, USN MH-53 “Sea Dragon” Helicopter, USN MH-60A Knighthawk Helicopter, USMC F/A-18 Hornet, a USMC A-1D Skyraider; USN C-2A Greyhound;  and MANY MORE TO COME!

For further information, visit our website at www.salute.org  and click on Demo Teams; Static Aircraft; Honored Guest Banquet, Our History; and Reunion Groups.

To see and hear the Dwayne O’Brien Video go to: “We Remember” on YouTube.

To order the CD go to:  www.songpilotcd.com.    

Please Note:  The Celebration should not be referred to as “the Columbia Airshow”, “Columbia’s Memorial Day Airshow”, this “Columbia Event”, “Columbia’s Memorial Day Weekend”, etc., or any other designation that would imply that it is hosted, organized, or anyway produced or sponsored by The City Of Columbia, its Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, or the State Of Missouri.  It is presented solely by the Memorial Day Weekend Salute To Veterans Corporation, a private, 501c3, not-for-profit, tax-deductible, educational, Missouri Company.  The Corporation consists of over 3,000 volunteers and 100 volunteer committee chairmen, none of whom is paid.

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