The National WASP WWII Museum will be holding their Ninth Annual WASP Homecoming on Saturday, May 24. Several events are scheduled for the day, including a luncheon, free flights by the EAA Young Eagles for children 8-17, Hanger Burgers and Fifi Fries, and a reception, memorial service, dinner and dance.
The luncheon at Texas State Technical College will cost $35 per ticket. Lt. Col. Leslie Hadley, USAF pilot, will be the guest speaker during the luncheon. The reception, memorial service, dinner and dance will cost $45 per ticket. Lt. Col. Leslie Hadley will speak again, along with Col. Sandy Opeka, USAF Ret. Sponsor tables are also available: Silver Medal tables for six for $300 and Gold Medal tables for eight for $550. Registration ends May 15.
During the memorial service the ashes of two WASP, Betty Jo Reed and Eleanor "Gunny" Gunderson, will be spread. Both designated their ashes to come back to Avenger Field upon their deaths. "This is the second time we've spread the ashes of the WASP," said Carol Cain, Museum Administrator. "Last year the ashes of Betty Shea were spread. Her son told us she wanted to come back to Avenger Field because the time she spent here was the best of her life."
New exhibits have been added to the museum in the past year. WASP that haven't visited in recent years will the get chance to add their handprints to the current display.
The itinerary for the day is as follows:
9 a.m. â€” The WASP Museum opens for visitors.
9 to 10 a.m. â€” WASP and planes will arrive at Avenger Field.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. â€” EAA Young Eagles will fly kids 8-17 for free at the museum.
10 to 10:30 a.m. â€” The WASP will visit the Wishing Well for a photo.
11 a.m. â€” Luncheon at TSTC with guest speaker Lt. Col. Leslie Hadley, USAF pilot.
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. â€” Hangar Burgers and Fifi Fries will be sold at the museum.
1:30-4 p.m. â€” WASP will be at the museum for autographs.
The museum will close at 4 p.m. and then reopen at 7 p.m. for the reception, memorial service, WASP forum, dinner and dance.
Be sure to visit the WASP website at www.waspmuseum.org for more information.