Friday, November 19, 2010

Year-End Gala Brings Out the Best

What a perfect way to end yet another successful flying season than in the classic big-band style of the '40s. The hangar was meticulously transformed into the typical swinging dance hall young airmen and women would frequent for a little social time admits all the turmoil of war that raged on throughout Europe.

For Vintage Wings, it was a way to bring members together to celebrate what was tremendous year it had been with all its successes and its heartaches. Carolyn Leslie, Business Operations Manager, pulled off another stellar performances planning, decorating and executing a fun-filled evening. Her chosen theme, Victory Gala, was cleverly embraced by many who donned the dress of the period parading in kilts, fedora's, furs and all that flash.

Carolyn eloquently summarized the season and, in greater perspective, the essence of the Vintage Wings and the people who make it all happen in an adoring speech that left the crowd of over 100 in awe of her compelling compassion.

Indeed, it is passion that is the driving force of the Vintage Wings' mission: Commemorate, Educate and Inspire. We measure all that we do against this statement. And in every opportunity lies another story of aviation greatness to tell, another hero to honour and legend to uphold. That is what we did on the evening of 13 November during the Victory Gala. We honoured another great with a moving dedication to Bill McRae, decorated Second World War veteran and Spitfire ace.

The dedication was a surprised not only for Bill and his family members in attendance but for all of who watch in anticipation as a scroll was raised over the rafters to permanently marking Bill's legacy in the Vintage Wings hangar.

The following collection of images by Peter Handley reflect the magic of the evening affair. Soon, Dave O'Malley, responsible for the creation of the scroll and who delivered a beautiful yet poignant speech about the life and times of Bill McRae, will publish the event and dedication in Vintage News. Stay tuned for more…

- Ottawa Swing Dance Society gave a demonstration and showed all us left feet folk how to waltz!

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