The Presidents Report
"Keeping the Memories Alive"
President: Pat Keeley
Vice-President: Stan Goldstein (466th BG)
Secretary: Pat Keeley
Treasurer: Antonio Capobianco
Bernard Mirotznik (452nd BG)
I wanted to update the Chapter's membership that I am about to confirm a Spring Luncheon at the Plainview LI NY Holiday Inn once again on Sunday May 21, 2017. Once a program has been created a newsletter will be sent out with updates on the Spring 2017 Luncheon.
I also wanted to update our NYS Chapter members that the NYS DMV now have a new 8th Air Force license plate.
If interested check the following:
Below please find last Spring's Luncheon report:
The New York State Southern Wing Chapter of the 8th AFHS's held it's Spring Luncheon at the Plainview LI NY Holiday Inn from 11:00 to 3 pm on Sunday May 22, 2016. This did prove to be an interesting get together and one of our best as we had WWII and post WWII veterans from all of our Armed Forces. We also had British War Veterans and French War Veterans attending.
The 72 anniversary of D-Day June 6, 1944 was the theme of the Luncheon with a D-Day Veteran with us.
One our guest speakers Ray O'Conor presented an outstanding audio/video on his book published last May
"She Called Him Ray"
Also from the American Air Power Museum Joe Domhan gave us an update us on what is happening at the Museum and also the upcoming Memorial Day events.
P.S. We are saddened by the death of William Gordon who was piloting the P-47 Jug from the American Air Power Museum which crashed into the Hudson River NY on Friday May 27
Plus the Chapter is proud to had Mr. Alain Dupuis the President French War Veterans and also representing the American Memorial of St Nazaire (France) where stood wide submarine pens attending. Alain presented a video presentation of the St Nazaire area and crash sites of many downed 8th bombers. Also a good presentation was done regarding the WWII French underground. With Alain was the Ex Commissioner of Veterans Affairs of New York City Mr. Terrance Holiday, retired Colonel USAF who addressed the group.
Alain attended the Memorial Celebration below of the B17 High Ball from the 351st Bomb Group 511 Sq. shot down on June 28, 1943 over St. Nazaire France which was held on June 30, 2007.
Please find below some pictures from the Chapter's May 22, 2016 Luncheon/Meeting
We did have 5 8th WWII veterans attending and a British and French War WWII veteran plus a WWII Navy veteran who worked on a LST that worked Utah Beach on D-Day.
A good time was had by all.
Some shots of this past Long Island Luncheon
PLEASE help support the Chapter by sending in your $15.00 2017 dues.
Remember the Officers and Board Members are volunteers and receive no salaries. Your dues are used for the Chapter expenses such as the Newsletter, Website, Luncheons and more.
The New York Southern Wing Chapter of the 8th Air Force Historical Society was founded in October 1990 and Incorporated in the County of Nassau State of New York officially on February 23rd, 1991.
Pat Keeley, President.
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Joseph 'Pat' Keeley
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