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President's Message

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 events@wpaflys.org.

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