May 4, 2016 Edition

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Wings of Honor
Festival Saturday

The inaugural Wings of Honor Festival will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in conjunction with the 18th annual Walnut Ridge Army Air Field Reunion, which is set for Friday and Saturday at the Walnut Ridge Regional Airport.

The new festival, sponsored by the Wings of Honor Museum and the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, is designed to be a community festival to celebrate the history of the airfield and salute the veterans who served.

Opening ceremonies, which are set for 9:45 a.m. will include a Bulldog Formation flyby with smoke. Boy Scout Troop 728 will serve as color guard for the opening ceremonies.

A full slate of entertainment has also been set for the day including the Studio H Dancers at 10 a.m., Lauren Richmond at 11 a.m., the Gateway Cloggers at noon and a Salute to Veterans at 1:15 p.m. ATF Martial Arts will present a demonstration after the salute, followed by performances by Mike McLeod at 4 p.m. and Ben Brand and Lori Dial at 5 p.m.

Mark Davis with PartyTime Productions will provide music between performances.

There will be a bounce house and activities for kids, including face painting, as well as multiple aircraft on display and drawings throughout the day for free airplane rides.

Several door prizes will also be given away. The event is rain or shine, but some of the activities are weather permitting. Those attending are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs.

The museum will also be open for tours throughout the day.

Local schools, churches, non-profit organizations, businesses and individuals are invited to have informational or vendor booths during the festival at no charge. Electricity is not provided, but generators are allowed. Spaces are being filled on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact Gretchen Hunt at 870-886-2464.

The reunion, which begins on Friday, will also feature several presentations, a safety meeting and other events.

The reunion dinner will be held Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the museum, and the public is welcome, but reservations are requested. The dinner is free for WWII airfield personnel and all veterans. Others are encouraged to give a $15 donation for the meal.

In addition, a fly-in breakfast for pilots will be held May 7 from 7-9:30 a.m. in the airport terminal building. For more information on the reunion, call Harold Johnson at 800-584-5575.

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