North, Reagan Confirmed For CAF Rally

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Some high-profile speakers have confirmed their attendance at the Commemorative Air Force’s 50th Anniversary celebration in Las Vegas July 9 to July 11 at Caesar’s Palace. Oliver North and Michael Reagan, son of former President Ronald Reagan, are the keynote speakers at the CAF’s National Patriotic Rally. CAF spokeswoman Kay Crites told Avweb in an interview that the event is dedicated to “honoring America’s legacy of freedom” and recognizes the contribution and sacrifice of Americans who have served their country in that pursuit. “All we want to do is let the men and women who are serving … our country know that we appreciate them,” Crites said. North and Reagan will speak at the event’s gala, but there will be day sessions with an assortment of well-known people whose experiences exemplify the theme. For instance, Bud Day, who spent 67 months as a prisoner of war in Vietnam and whose wife Doris led a public-relations campaign to focus attention on the POWs. There’s also the husband and wife CIA spy team of James and Meredith Olson, along with other former and current members of military and intelligence services. The rally is open to the public and CAF membership is not required.