We enjoy a proud legacy of selfless sacrifice and service to country and community that spans decades. In the late 1930s, more than 150,000 volunteers with a love for aviation argued for an organization to put their planes and flying skills to use in defense of their country. As a result, the Civil Air Patrol was born one week prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Thousands of volunteer members answered America's call to national service and sacrifice by accepting and performing critical wartime missions. Assigned to the War Department under the jurisdiction of the Army Air Corps, the contributions of Civil Air Patrol, including logging more than 500,000 flying hours, sinking two enemy submarines, and saving hundreds of crash victims during World War II, are well documented.

After the war, a thankful nation understood that Civil Air Patrol could continue providing valuable services to both local and national agencies. On July 1, 1946, President Harry Truman signed Public Law 476 incorporating Civil Air Patrol as a benevolent, nonprofit organization. On May 26, 1948, Congress passed Public Law 557 permanently establishing Civil Air Patrol as the auxiliary of the new U.S. Air Force. Three primary mission areas were set forth at that time: aerospace education, cadet programs, and emergency services. (Source: Civil Air Patrol)

28 November 2011

WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA

This is a very important event that CAP takes part in each year to honor our fallen veterans by placing a Christmas wreath on many gravesites at veterans cemeteries across the country. Nationally, CAP considers this one of its signature events. There are TWO events this year that you can participate in.

-- Friday December 9 – One of the trucks carrying wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC is making a 90 minute stop at Middletown High School for a ceremony. If it is possible for you to take time out of school for this event, your show of support would be appreciated. I am not sure exactly what, if any, part we will play in the ceremony, but I'll let you know what I find out.

-- Saturday December 10 – This is the wreath laying event at the Delaware Veterans Cemetery in Bear. We will meet at the chamber of commerce at 11:00 and provide transportation. Uniform is BDUs. We need maximum participation on this. We will be attending the ceremony there and then actually laying wreaths on gravesites

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  1. A "Big Thanks" to all of the members that came out to pay respect to the fallen veterans during this holiday season.

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