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“The warbirds played a tremendous part in our success in the war, and will forever be a symbol of our country’s patriotism and tenacity when fighting for freedom. As a former Avenger pilot, I am pleased to be part of this tribute alongside my fellow veterans.”President George H.W. Bush

“Our WWII veterans are living testaments to the valiant sacrifices during uncertain tyrannical times. They protected our nation and secured freedom for future generations. Now, 70 years later, it is important to continue to recognize their valiant sacrifices not only through public service events, but always. It is an honor to participate in such events as a veteran and a pilot, and it is an honor to preserve the memory of WWII veterans’ heroism.”— U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK)

“With this year’s 70th Anniversary of Victory in Europe, we once again have the opportunity to celebrate and honor the extraordinary sacrifices made by our World War II veterans. These brave men not only defended our freedoms here at home, but protected the world from the clutches of tyranny and genocide. As a pilot, a public servant, andmost importantly, as an American, I am extremely proud to be a part of this momentous event.”U.S. Representative Sam Graves (R-MO)

“In 1957, the Commemorative Air Force began an effort to preserve and honor our nation’s proud military aviation tradition by maintaining and flying World War II aircraft. Our fleet, the largest flying collection of military aircraft, now stands at 162 airplanes, which are preserved and flown across America by our membership of over 12,000 individuals. We are thrilled to be participating in the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover with 29 of our aircraft. This is an incredible opportunity to see U.S. military aviation history come to life by watching these aircraft fly and accomplishes our educational goals as an organization.”Stephan C. Brown, President and CEO, Commemorative Air Force

“It is a huge task to coordinate a flyover of this magnitude in the Washington, D.C. airspace. We are very appreciative of the close coordination and support we have received to date from federal entities such as the FAA, TSA, Secret Service, U.S. National Park Service, and Capitol Police, just to name a few. In World War II, our nation came together to manufacture the machines that our military took to battle, and our hope is that this 70th anniversary tribute will do the same—bring our nation together to honor all our World War II veterans who served and sacrificed to defeat tyranny, both in uniform and on the home front.”Pete Bunce, President and CEO, General Aviation Manufacturers Association

“From time to time, we need to remind ourselves just how much we have accomplished as a nation. May’s Arsenal of Democracy Flyover in Washington, D.C. will provide us with exactly that kind of opportunity—a chance to recognize those men and women who made the sacrifices necessary to preserve freedom here at home and around the world, a moment in time to reflect on the awesome power of this country and its people when we focus on a common goal.”John Cudahy, President, International Council of Air Shows

“As a part of our ongoing mission, it is an honor for the Texas Flying Legends Museum to be involved in a cooperative effort to honor the men and women who have defended and continue to defend our way of life. The aircraft being supplied by the Texas Flying Legends Museum represent aircraft from practically all facets of the air war in WWII. We are extremely proud to be able to provide the missing man formation that will honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifices for our country.”Warren Pietsch, Texas Flying Legends Museum Director of Operations

“NATCA and the 20,000 aviation safety professionals we represent are very proud and honored to be part of this year’s Arsenal of Democracy Flyover event. Our members are proud public servants who have a deep passion for aviation and a rich appreciation for history. We also represent many members who are military veterans. This event gives us an opportunity to show our respect for a key anniversary in our nation’s history by commemorating it with honor.”—Paul Rinaldi, President, National Air Traffic Controllers Association

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