Our communities have plenty of creativity and spirit when it comes to hosting summer events and celebrations. The Ray Fagen Memorial Airshow “Planes ’n Songs” June 16 in Granite Falls is an event I encourage you to take in—and bring your family, too.
The event is described as, “A tribute to the Greatest Generation of Americans during the 20th century’s darkest hour…lest we forget.” In the hustle and bustle of our lives, it really is easy to forget the great sacrifices of the men and women who served and are serving our country. It’s not enough to have a barbeque on Memorial Day, hang our flags on Flag Day or watch the fireworks on the Fourth of July. There are great organizations and people in our region supporting veterans, reminding others that our patriotism can be shining through every day of the year.
As I think back to my experience with Honor Flight Southwest Minnesota, one of the greatest aspects of it was story telling. Viewing the memorials and museums brought back so many memories for our veterans and their stories are important for us to hear.
Beyond seeing the vintage WWII planes and demonstrations and hearing live music, the upcoming show provides an opportunity to connect people—especially young people—to a critical piece of our country’s and our region’s history. It will be an entertaining day in the heart of beautiful southwest Minnesota. Plus, net proceeds will be donated to Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund, helping to ensure that we continue honoring all generations of our state’s veterans and their families. I think this is a great way to kick off summer celebrations!
Special thanks go to Diane and Ron Fagen for their incredible contributions of time and resources that make the airshow happen to honor Ron’s father, a WWII veteran.
Ray Fagen Memorial Airshow – Planes ’n Songs
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Lenzen-Roe Memorial Airport – 2450 540th St. in Granite Falls, MN
1 p.m. Ground battle reenactment
3 p.m. Airshow
Live performance by Aaron Tipping and his band following the show
Find more event information here: http://www.thankmntroops.org/Files/poster_sm.pdf.