Thursday, November 8, 2012

Veteran's Day in the South Bay (and John Montgomery)

Many events are going on in the South Bay to celebrate Veteran's Day weekend:

  • The USS Iowa in San Pedro will host a Veterans Appreciation Day on Saturday, November 10th, from 1 to 4 pm. Children's activities, veterans' resources & info, entertainment and free food, free tours for veterans of the ship (tours are free for vets only not just on Saturday, but on Sunday and Monday too). To get more info--including parking info--scroll to the bottom of this article in the Daily Breeze.

  • In Redondo Beach on Sunday (the 11th), the Junior ROTC of Redondo HS and the LAPD Emerald Society Pipes & Drum Corps will perform in a show honoring veterans at (where else?) Veterans Park at the foot of Torrance Blvd. The Elks Club--right next door--will host a barbecue later, free to all vets and members of the armed forces. Everyone else--your $5 donation goes to fund for the beautiful Veterans Memorial. It all starts at 1 pm.

  • Back to Saturday, November 10 at  the Western Museum of Flight in Torrance: a celebration honoring veterans of the Vietnam War from 10 am to 3 pm. At noon, Lt. Col. Ben Williams will give his first-hand account of CSAR missions, and there will be special exhibits and books for sale as well. The Museum is at 3315 Airport Drive; more details here


For the following weekend:

One of the treasures of the Western Museum of Flight is the reproduction of a glider flown by John Montgomery in 1883.

I blogged about it in 2010, but I'll mention it again because  Gary B. Fogel has written Quest for Flight, a biography of Montgomery, and will be speaking about his book, the man, and the glider flight--which is pretty much man's first flight in a glider. (The Wright Brothers flew the world's first motorized aircraft.)

That talk is on November 17 at 11 am at the Western Museum of Flight, 3315 Airport Drive in Torrance. Free parking, and the talk is $5.

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