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)

15 December 2012

Wreaths Across America

A big thank you for all those that made today possible. Today's event was a display of respect and patriotism. A day when we pay respect and thank the fallen men and women of our Armed Forces. I hope you took the opportunity to not only lay a wreath this afternoon, but to also say a "thank you" as you laid that wreath upon the grave of a protector. We must remember that freedom is never free, it comes with sacrifice. So, make sure you take time to thank our veterans.  

Wreath Laid This Afternoon

MCS Cadets

Lt Col Lierenz

C/MSgt Desrosiers & C/Amn Bowman

The Patriot Guard

C/Capt DeLissio

CAP/Veterans/ANG Members
C/SrA Lierenz (Playing Taps during WAA Ceremony)

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