2004: WWII Memorial Dedication in Washington DC

On Memorial Day weekend 2004, members of the 447th joined with 385 Eighth Air Force veterans and families to witness the dedication of the World War II Memorial in Washington DC.

 

World War II Memorial Dedication

Washington DC, May 2004

 

Association founder Pete Petrillo chats with the Minkers

 

Edward A. Dingivan, Elwyn “Stub” Warfle, Pete Petrillo and Dean Sassaman

 

Minker and Sassaman trade tales with Jim Hysong

 

The weekend provided opportunities to see other Washington landmarks

 

After brunch at the 94th Aero Squadron restaurant, veterans posed with a reproduction ME-109.

One was overheard to say: “I’d never planned on getting this close to one of these”

 

Tens of thousands attended the ceremony on the Mall

 

Just one table of the 447th at the Gala Banquet

 

George Hoidra — Responsible to the event’s planning and overwhelming success

 

8thAFHS National Capital Area Chapter president Reg Rider presents a print, signed by the veterans attending to guest speaker Gen. T. Michael Moseley

 

 

For more on the World War II Memorial, visit www.wwiimemorial.com