Last week I had the pleasure and the privilege of sitting among eighteen WWII Veterans, their families, and many other men who served, at the National Warplane Museum “Sentimental Journey” Luncheon. Aside from the delicious 40’s themed buffet and a performance by The Manhattan Dolls, the true purpose of this luncheon was to rally support for a really special cause.
This plane, also known as Whisky Seven, flew troops in during the D-Day invasion in 1944 and IT’S STILL FLYING. That’s right. This plane still flies. In fact, it is the wish of The National Warplane Museum to get this plane in the air for another very important mission: The 2014 D-Day Reunion in Normandy, France. Paratroopers will actually reenact the original D-Day jump! If you’d like to learn more about this reunion, there’s a great video all about it. I got to watch it on a big screen before the Luncheon and, for me, it was very moving. I definitely choked up at bit at the end when all of the WWII veterans who attended were asked to stand up and be recognized. Not to get all door-to-door salesmen on you here, but if you have an interest in historical preservation, or have a family member who served that you’d like to honor, please consider donating to Return to Normandy and help make this memorable mission become a reality.
How ’bout some more photos from the day? It was fun! I got to climb inside Whiskey Seven and check it out, which was really incredible. Only slightly more incredible than the food. It was really good.
There was also a neat display of some original WWII uniforms and memorabilia. I was excited to see so many women’s service uniforms!
I posted more photos on my Flickr page, but I’m sure you can tell just by these few that it was a really great day. How cute are The Manhattan Dolls?! I don’t think their YouTube videos really do them justice. Their live show was very good. I’m sure none of the elderly gentlemen in attendance needed any morale boosting after seeing them 😉 Sadly, William didn’t get to go with me. He would have loved photographing all the planes!
Have you ever gone to an event like this? What did you think?
Happy belated Memorial Day! Thank you, Troops.