Wright Brothers’ First Flight Achievement celebrated on December 17

By on November 16, 2019

The Wright Brothers National Memorial will waive its entrance fee tomorrow, Tuesday, December 17 in honor of the 116th Anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ first flight.

Orville Wright takes off in the first flight of the 1903 flyer as Wilbur Wright assists.

116th Anniversary Event Scheduled at Wright Brothers National Memorial

On Tuesday, December 17, 2019, the First Flight Society and the National Park Service (NPS) will continue the tradition of honoring the accomplishments of Wilbur and Orville Wright at the 116th anniversary celebration of the first heavier-than-air, controlled, powered flight. The event takes place outside of the Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center. Park entrance fees will be waived for the day.

Colonel S. “Hal” Halvorsen, USAF (Ret.) who many know as the “Candy Bomber,” will be inducted into the Paul E. Garber First Flight Shrine.

In addition to celebrating the historic first flight, this year’s event will focus on celebrating the 70th anniversary of the end of the Berlin Airlift. The airlift lasted 15 months (1948-1949) as part of a joint operation, including members of the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army Transport Command, and British Royal Air Force. General Maryanne Miller, Commander of USAF Air Mobility Command, is the keynote speaker for the event.

Colonel S. “Hal” Halvorsen, USAF (Ret.) (Photo credit: First Flight Society)

The First Flight Society has chosen to pay tribute to Colonel S. “Hal” Halvorsen, USAF (Ret.) as their newest inductee into the Paul E. Garber First Flight Shrine. The First Flight Society selected Col. Halvorsen to honor all the flight and support crews who participated in the Berlin Airlift. This year, the First Flight Society will reveal the portrait of Colonel Halvorsen, who many know as the “Candy Bomber,” at their membership meeting, and will place it on display in the Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center at 3 p.m.

The morning celebration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and include the following speakers and presentations:

The morning celebration begins with a prelude band concert that visitors can enjoy leading up to the opening of the official program at 9:30 am.

  • The morning’s event will be presided over by Arthur Lamothe, President of the First Flight Society
  • Patriotic music provided by the First Flight High School Band from Kill Devil Hills,  NC
  • Presentation of colors by Camden Highschool ROTC
  • National Anthem led by Walter Swan, Director of the ECSU Choir
  • Invocation by Father P. Nicholas Cottrill, Pastor, Holy Family Catholic Church, Elizabeth City, NC
  • National Park Service welcome by Superintendent David Hallac
  • Remarks from Wright brothers descendant Paul Wright Jameson
  • Darrell Collins, Historian, will speak on Wilbur and Orville Wright’s historic achievement on December 17, 1903
  • The morning’s proceedings will conclude with a wreath-laying ceremony, which is conducted by descendants of the witnesses of the first flight to honor the Wright brothers and is led by Lisa Ellstrom, witness decedent and First Flight Society Vice President

The celebration will include a small aviation flyover with a U.S. Navy C-60 and a U.S. Air Force C-17 at 9:45 am (weather permitting). 

Park rangers will provide interpretive walks at 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.  Youth are invited to participate in the park’s free Junior Ranger program and other special activities throughout the day to earn a special commemorative Junior Ranger pin. The park will remain open until 5:00 p.m.

Dare County Animal Shelter

Sealed bids for completion of the Dare County Animal Shelter will be received on February 11, 2020, in the Dare County Administration Building, 954 Marshall C. Collins Drive, Manteo, NC, for 01-Fencing, 03- Concrete, 04-Masonry, 05-Metals/ Steel, 06-Casework, 07-Roofing, 07-Caulking, 08-Glass and Glazing, 08-Doors, Frames and Hardware, 08-Overhead Doors, 09-Drywall, 09-Flooring, 09-Painting, 10- Specialties, 12-Furnishings, 21-Fire Protection, 23-Mechanical & Plumbing, 26-Electrical, 31-Sitework and 32-Landscaping.

This project will be bid and awarded in accordance with North Carolina law. Sealed proposals from Contractors will be received until 1:00 p.m. All bidders must submit for prequalification by 2:00pm on 2/3/2020. Bids submitted by non-prequalified bidders will not be considered. All bids will be opened and read aloud starting at 2:00 p.m. of the bid day. Bids must be delivered in person and on the supplied Bid Form and include a bid deposit worth 5% of the total bid value. Electronic and faxed bids will NOT be accepted or reviewed. All times are local prevailing times.

Information requests concerning the project shall be submitted in writing to: Alex Palagyi of The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company via email (alex.palagyi@whiting-turner.com)

Bidding material, prequalification material, and complete plans and specifications may be obtained from the Whiting-Turner Building Connected site and will be available until the bid due date. All subcontractors are responsible for emailing Alex Palagyi (alex.palagyi@whiting-turner.com) for access to the Building Connected site.

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company and Dare County reserve the right to reject any and all bids, waive informalities and irregularities in bidding, and to accept bids which are considered to be in the best interest of the County. The Whiting Turner Contracting Company and Dare County also reserve the right to require any bidder to submit information needed to determine if said bidder is responsible within the meaning of N.C. Gen. Stat. 143-129.

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