The DAV Air Show Team wrapped up the 2013 season Oct. 26 and 27 with “Wings Over Houston.” This year, the DAV-sponsored vintage B-25 Mitchell Bombers Panchito and Special Delivery performed for more than 1.3 million people at venues nationwide, bringing DAV’s message of service to veterans and their families.
Through the program, DAV was featured in a flyover at the 138th Preakness Stakes horse race in Baltimore and took center stage at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Air Venture, held in Oshkosh, Wisc. As the largest air show in the country, it boasted a record 500,000 attendees this year. DAV sponsored a concert featuring Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band, and past National Commander Larry Polzin led the veterans’ parade.
Budget cuts caused many events to be cancelled on military installations, so DAV’s outreach initiative was more in demand than ever before.
“Through this program, DAV becomes an experience at patriotic events,” said Barry Jesinoski, National Headquarters Executive Director. “Airshow patrons are able to connect with DAV and become aware of our free professional services and volunteer opportunities.”