Thursday, October 23, 2008

The people

The best part of the Fly-In was the people. From the large turnout to the honored guest and visitors from out of town.

Above is former Terrell Mayor and student at the old BFTS Henry Madgwick talking to two of the Marine color guard. The lady with her back to the camera was a visitor from Canada. She gave everyone a good laugh when she asked the Marines what Corps they belong to.

The gentlemen standing in the above photo along with the man sitting in the front row in blue shirt and hat were all students of the school during the war. They all made the trip for the Fly-In.

I really wish I had written down names! This is Mr. Madgwick and a retired General who ordered the posting of the colors.

Active duty British officers were on hand. I think they were Leftenents. Does that sound right?

Above is Harold Payne from Caddo Mills, TX., he was a pilot on a B-17 Flaming Fortress. He didn't attend the Terrell school, but was stationed in Franlingham, England in 44-45. He had some great stories to tell. Here he is talking to members of the Marine League.

Of course our Mayor was on hand. Mayor Hal Richards gave a few opening remarks and mentioned that the idea has been floated to make the Fly-In an annual event. I think that's a great idea.

Tomorrow I will end the series, and quit boring everyone, with a Skywatch photo from the day.


Tanya said...

Ooorah! Don't the Marines look awesome in their Dress Blues? My husband married me in his!

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Abraham Lincoln said...

Good for your city. The remembrance of the days when the military fought in many places is an honorable one and they, the military, are in need of public accolades.

Small City Scenes said...

It is all about the people when you think about it. I am glad there was a big crowd. I am glad you were there to share with us. MB

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Boise Diva said...

What a lot of great faces and characters.

Olivier said...

beaux portraits avec beaucoup d'émotion.
beautiful portraits with great emotion.

Betty Flocken said...

This is a great post! I love the Dress Blues too. One of my Favorite photos ever was one my dad took of my brother and mom in 1967. Richard was in his dress blues, shortly (days) before he was to leave for Vietnam.

D.C. Confidential said...

Leftenent is how the Brits pronounce lieutenant. How they get an "f" in there, I have no clue.

Great pictures and what a wonderful event! As for the Marines, they have the best dress uniforms of all the service branches, followed by the Army's Old Guard and the Navy with their summer dress whites.

Hope said...

These photos are wonderful and it's great to see so many people in attendance to honor the military. I have enjoyed all these posts very much!

Jana said...

That looks like a great event! Thanks for sharing!

Tricia said...

You are seriously the man about town, Jim. Your pics really give me a feel for the Fly-In.

Did you get any pancakes?