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President's Message

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November, 2016

Dear Members,

Happy Veterans’ Day to all our veterans, and especially to our 2nd Air Division veterans!

We were delighted to have five WWII 2nd Air Division veterans attending our Heritage League Reunion/Convention in September in Washington, DC. And it was also wonderful to see the many sons and daughters and spouses of 2AD veterans come together from all over the US. I’m sure you will enjoy the photos and write-ups about the reunion in this issue of the Herald!

By the time you read this, your President will have been to the 8th Air Force Historical Society Reunion in St. Louis, MO. That’s where the 466th Bomb Group Association holds its reunion, and I’m also Secretary of that organization.  For the many of you who know 466th BG pilot and 8th AFHS Chaplain Earl Wassom, he is healing after a fall that broke 5 of his ribs, and will not be able to attend the reunion. Please send your prayers and good thoughts his way!

To celebrate Veterans Day and Remembrance Day, husband Doug and I will again be in England for a busy
itinerary honoring our 2nd Air Division veterans.

• On Friday, November 11, I will lay a wreath for the 2nd Air Division on the Wall of the Missing at the Cambridge American Cemetery. Last year was the first year the Heritage League did that, and as promised, we are continuing that new tradition!

• The next day, at Hethel, we will celebrate an early Remembrance Day with the friends of the 389th Bomb Group and members of the USAF stationed nearby.

• On Remembrance Sunday, the beautiful ceremonies in Norwich take place. I will lay a wreath for the 2nd Air Division at the ceremony across from the City Hall, then parade to Norwich Cathedral for the beautiful church service there.

• Monday morning will be the Annual General Meeting of the Governors of the 2nd Air Division Memorial Trust, and I will represent the Heritage League as one of the voting Governors. Monday afternoon, the second Charles Walker Memorial Lecture will be held at University of East Anglia.

• Thursday, I’ll participate with other Trust Governors in a special Remembrance Service and then Evensong at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

And in the blink of an eye, it will be December and we will mark the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Please send us your stories of how you celebrate and honor our 2nd Air Division veterans. We would love to share them in the Herald!

Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Beverly Baynes Tomb
President, Heritage League and Governor, 2nd Air Division Memorial Trust
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