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Karissa Kienast, Public Relations Manager Commemorative Air Force (432) 563‐1000, ext. 2269, kkienast@cafhq.org

This Memorial Day, Mon., May 27, 2013, join the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) for a celebration honoring those who fought for our freedom. The event begins 11 a.m. at the CAF where families can see the B‐25 Devil Dog and enjoy traditional ceremonies, Open Cockpit Day, FREE admission to the CAF Airpower Museum and other fantastic activities including a petting zoo, face‐painting and balloon animals! This FREE event will be held at the CAF at 9600 Wright Drive at Midland International Airport.

The annual Memorial Day Celebration will include a flag ceremony, the induction of eight of the Texas Medal of Honor recipients, a flyover by vintage CAF aircraft and special guest speaker Major General Patrick H. Brady. Enjoy Major General Brady’s reflections on Memorial Day during the Memorial Day ceremonies and then at 1:15 p.m. attend a free seminar in the Commemorative Center Hangar and learn about his experiences as a helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War. During his two tours in Vietnam, Brady flew over 2,000 combat missions and evacuated more than 5,000 wounded. After Vietnam he continued serving in the US Army, retiring as a Major General in 1993 after 34 years of service and is a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor.  

Following the ceremonies, the CAF’s B‐25 Devil Dog will be selling rides. Devil Dog represents a PBJ, the Marine Corps version of a B‐25, and features eight .50 caliber machine guns on the nose.  Don’t miss this chance to take a ride on this amazing World War II aircraft!  

Other activities include face painting with Greenie the Clown, balloon fun with Harlan the Balloon Guy and a petting zoo provided by the local 4H Club. During Open Cockpit Day, 12:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., adults and children alike can climb inside authentic warbirds and get an idea of what the men and women of our American Military may have felt as they flew missions to protect our freedoms. Also on display at the CAF, enjoy a unique array of privately owned classic cars from area collectors.

Lunch can be purchased in the Commemorative Center hangar starting at 12:15 p.m. for $10 per plate. Those who buy a lunch ticket will be entered into a drawing to win a warbird ride. Kona Ice treats and drinks will also be available for purchase.

The George H.W. and Barbara Bush Commemorative Center is home to the state’s largest Medal of Honor memorial. The Texas Medal of Honor Memorial recognizes the valor of Texans who earned the highest military decoration awarded by the United States for service and bravery above and beyond the call of duty. Each year, the Commemorative Air Force inducts eight of the 84 Texas Medal of Honor recipients.  

This Memorial Day, the CAF will honor Medal of Honor Recipients James B. Dozier, Benito Martinez, Whitt Lloyd Moreland, George Frederick Phillips, Richard Allen Anderson, Alfredo “Freddy” Gonzalez, Samuel M. Sampler and Lloyd Herbert Hughes, by inducting them into the CAF’s Texas Medal of Honor Memorial.  

In 1957, a small group of ex‐service pilots pooled their money to purchase a P‐51 Mustang, beginning what is now called the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). With the addition of a pair of F8F Bearcats, the CAF became the founders of the Warbird Movement, an effort to preserve and honor our military history with the rallying cry to “Keep ‘Em Flying!” Now, 55 years later, the CAF is the premier Warbird organization, operating 156 vintage aircraft in Honor of American Military Aviation. A non‐profit educational association, the CAF has more than 10,000 members and its fleet of historic aircraft is distributed to 73 units located in 24 states for care and operation. For more information on the Commemorative Air Force and its aircraft, visit www.commemorativeairforce.org.  

The above information has been provided by the CAF Airpower Museum and distributed by the Midland Convention & Visitors Bureau. The mission of the Midland Convention & Visitors Bureau is to encourage economic growth by developing, promoting, enhancing and supporting Midland as a vibrant visitor destination. www.VisitMidlandTexas.com