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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Bomber rides make special gifts

How many ties or pairs of socks does the veteran in the family really need? Why not get the family together and give that special grandfather, uncle or dad a seat in one of two flying B-25D Mitchell medium bombers?
Yankee Warrior, a B-25D Mitchell medium bomber, will land at Lost Nation Airport in Willoughby at about 10 a.m. Saturday to participate in the Gathering of Eagles air show.
“A lot of families have pooled their money to give a flight to an older veteran,” said Jerry Lester, Yankee Air Museum member, speaker and volunteer crew member.
The ship was built in Kansas City in 1943 and is a survivor. She survived combat in Corsica in 1944; training missions throughout Canada as a part of the Lend Lease Act during the war, and after the war was sold to a private owner and stripped of military armament and paint. The Yankee Air Museum bought and restored the Warrior to her former glory during a four-year process beginning in 1986.
One of three flyable aircraft the Museum has, she again survived when a devastating fire left the museum without a permanent home in 2004. The museum is located at the Willow Run Complex in Belleville, Mich., just outside of Detroit.
The bomber will offer rides at the show for $400 per person. When the seven seats are full, the bomber will take off for a 30-minute ride. Proceeds from the flights will benefit the rebuilding of hangar facilities for the Yankee Air Museum and the aircraft.
For details and information about rides, call 269-250-0783.

Air Show at Lost Nation
The Gathering of Eagles XVII Air Show will be Saturday and Sunday at Lost Nation Airport in Willoughby. The show features aircraft that have protected our freedoms and served our country.
Included in the show will be the B-17 bomber, Tuskegee Airmen, World War II re-enactors and a classic car show.
This year a Hangar Dance, featuring the Concord Community Band takes place from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday and the Erie Heights Brass Ensemble performs from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Adult admission is $13; juniors ages 4 to 12 years old admitted for $7; and couples will be admitted for $25. Children under the age of 4 will be admitted free.

Lake County History Center a Blue Star Museum
The Lake County History Center will again be a Blue Star Museum from Memorial Day to Labor Day 2013. All active military with up to five immediate family members (spouse and child) and the proper identification will be admitted at no charge. For details, call 440-639-2945, ext. 14, or email

Korean War veterans seeking members
Korean War veterans and Korean service veterans are encouraged to consider membership with the Korean War Veterans Association. The group meets the last Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1056, 580 E. 200th St., Euclid. For membership information, visit the Korean War Veterans Association website at to obtain a membership form or call the national membership office at 217-345-4414.

Burial detail available
American Legion Post 459, 14059 Goodwin St. in Burton has a full military funeral detail available to any honorably discharged veteran for full military honors. The Honor guard, led by Newell Beaumier, sergeant at arms, is available 24/7, with a few days’ notice. For details call “Bo” at 440-834-8764. Please leave a message if no one answers.

Burgers on Fridays in July
AMVETS Post 109, Sons of the AMVETS, 7847 Lake Shore Blvd. in Mentor-on-the-Lake, will be serving sirloin steak burgers every Friday during July. The burgers will served 5 to 8 p.m. Several toppings are available and all burgers will include fresh cut fries and are $6.50. For details, call the post at 440-257-9217.

4th Annual Pig Roast Saturday
American Legion Riders Post 112, 6671 Middle Ridge Road in Madison will host its 4th Annual Pig Roast beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday at the post. Tickets are $15 and available at the door or from any Post 112 Legion Rider. Raffles also will be part of the fun. For details, call 440-724-6871.

24th Annual Golf Classic scheduled
The annual Col. J.M. Chambers Detachment 555 of the Marine Corps League will host its 24th Annual Golf Classic beginning at noon July 27 at Madison Country Club.
Entrance fee is $120 per player and includes 18 holes of golf in a scramble format, lunch, cart and a steak dinner at gunny’s Hall immediately following the golf. Trophies will be awarded to the first-place team and numerous skills prizes, such as long drives, closest to the pin, etc., also will be awarded.
To play or to be a sponsor, call Gene Deka at 440-668-8777.

Classic Car Cruise in Euclid
The Euclid Veterans Association will host a Classic Car Cruise-In from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 28 at Tizzano’s Party Center parking lot, 1361 E. 260th St. in Euclid, just south of Route 2.
Any and all classics up to 1979 are welcome. There is no charge for the show, but donations for the wounded will be gratefully accepted. Dash plaques will be given to the first 100 cars.
Donations will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and Veteran’s Best Friend. For details, call Al Nagy at 216-289-1632.

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