WPA State President Les Smith
As this issue arrives in your mailbox,
Memorial Day has just slipped by. Perhaps you had the chance to
enjoy a three-day weekend and the right weather to allow you to
spend some of the weekend in the air.
Memorial Day was originally called Decoration
Day and was initiated to honor the soldiers for the Union and
Confederate armies who died during the American Civil War.
Celebrations honoring Civil War heroes started the year after the
war ended. The establishment of a public holiday was meant to
unify a tragically divided country as a national day of
remembrance instead of a holiday celebrated separately by the
Union and Confederate states. By the late 19th century, the
holiday became known as Memorial Day and was expanded to include
the deceased veterans of all the wars fought by American forces.
In 1971, Memorial Day became a federal holiday. Hopefully, you
also took the opportunity to stop and reflect on the sacrifice and
honor of those for whom we pause in memoriam.
Memorial Day also signals the beginning, in earnest, of flying
season. Events crowd close together, competing for our time from
now until Labor Day. WPA member Les Flue has been working hard to
capture as many events as possible in our WPA Calendar (http://www.wpaflys.org/calendar.html).
When weekends approach, be sure to check the calendar for ideas
for places to fly and events to attend. And if you are planning an
event, or know of something coming up, be sure to drop a line with
the details to Les at