April 11, 2012 Edition

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Charles Snapp (left), a member of the Lawrence County Tourism Committee, visits with State Rep. James Ratliff at the Wings of Honor Museum in Walnut Ridge during a recent Chamber meeting. The museum will host the 14th annual Walnut Ridge Army Air Field reunion and celebrate the air field's 70th birthday this weekend.
TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt

Air field reunion is this weekend

The Wings of Honor Museum will host the 14th annual reunion for the Walnut Ridge Army Air Field Friday and Saturday, including a celebration of the former Walnut Ridge Army air field's 70th birthday.

Entertainment during the event will include food, door prizes, live music and tours of the museum.

World War II veterans who worked or trained at the air field are asked to bring photos, scrapbooks, logbooks, certificates and special orders.

The museum will be open on Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Events scheduled include: "The Birth of an Air Field, the Story of the Walnut Ridge Army Air Field" in the media room from 10:30-11:45 a.m.; lunch break from noon to 1:15 p.m.; WWII remembrances in the media room from 1:30-2:30 p.m.; a bus tour of the air field, WBC, Base Commander's House, downtown Walnut Ridge and Beatles Park from 1:30-2:30 p.m.; oral history videos in the library from 3-4 p.m.

Also, an air field documentary in the library from 4:30-5 p.m.; dinner, including catfish, fried chicken, barbecue, sides, drinks and desserts, from 6-8 p.m. in the media room; and a silent auction in the library from 5:30-8 p.m. A $10 donation is suggested for the meal.

On Saturday, the museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Events scheduled include: "The Birth of an Air Field, the Story of the Walnut Ridge Army Air Field," which will be presented in the media room from 10:30-11:45 a.m.; a birthday party in honor of the air field from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the media room, a silent auction in the library from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; WWII memories discussed in the media room from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Also, a bus tour of the air field, WBC, Base Commander's House, downtown Walnut Ridge and Beatles Park from 1:30-2:30 p.m.; oral history videos presented in the library from 3-4 p.m.; and an air field documentary in the library from 4:30-5 p.m.

The birthday party will include barbecue, hotdogs, chips, dip, veggie trays, drinks and birthday cake. A $5 donation is suggested.

Although not required, those planning to attend are asked to contact Harold Johnson or the Wings of Honor Museum.

Among other activities, tickets will be available for the Chevy Youth Baseball car giveaway from 4-7 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

In addition, Edmond Davis will be at the museum on Friday from 4-6 p.m. to sign his new book, "Pioneering African-American Aviators Featuring the Tuskegee Airmen of Arkansas."

The Wings of Honor Museum is also raising funds for a 20 x 80 foot expansion to the north end of the building. The expansion will be used to work on and repair displays, and will also be used as a storage area. It will also expand the present media room, which currently seats 50 people.

For more information about the reunion or to make a donation contact Johnson at 1-800-584-5575, email harold@bscn.com or write to Wings of Honor Museum, 70 South Beacon Road, Walnut Ridge, AR, 72476.

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