AirVenture To Salute Veterans

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Already set to host what may be the last largest DC-3 gathering, EAA's AirVenture has announced it is working together with Warbirds of America and Disabled American Veterans to bring a "Salute to Veterans" to AirVenture Oshkosh 2010. The complete list of events has yet to be finalized, but EAA announced a sketch of events Friday. The Salute will mean special forums and speakers; a mass gathering of veterans for photo opportunities; a special airshow segment featuring Vietnam-era aircraft; an "upgraded Warbird Aircraft Display area," according to EAA; and a closing-day concert played by the Lt. Dan Band, featuring actor Gary Sinise. All veterans and active military who purchase AirVenture tickets online in advance of the show are eligible for a discounted admission rate of $28. Noting the nation's debt of freedom owed to its service men and women, EAA president Tom Poberezny said, "This is the right thing to do at Oshkosh."

The overall Salute to Veterans events will have a "thank a veteran" focus, according to EAA, which says the event's timing matches two significant anniversaries -- that of the DC-3 and that of the B-17. Both aircraft celebrate their 75th year in 2010, according to EAA. Said Poberezny, "Salute to Veterans will be one of the primary focuses during AirVenture 2010."