The Commemorative Air Force Airbase Arizona Aviation Museum is teaming with the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office, the Arizona Historical Society, Phoenix Rotary 100 and the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Committee to raise public awareness about the new Arizona World War II Memorial.
The group is hoping the public will take a chance and participate in funding the Memorial and the new World War II Exhibit in the State Capitol Museum through donations to the Guns to Salute the Fallen Project.
Announced by Secretary of State Ken Bennett in 2011, the Guns to Salute the Fallen Project was established to attract private (non-taxpayer) funding for the state’s acquisition of one 14-inch gun from the battleship U.S.S. Arizona (sunk at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941) and one 16-inch gun from the battleship U.S.S. Missouri (upon whose decks the Japanese signed the instrument of surrender in Tokyo Bay, Japan on September 2, 1945, bringing World War II to a close). Both historic pieces will become part of Arizona’s new World War II Memorial, presently under construction in Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza and scheduled for dedication on Saturday, December 7, 2013, as a part of the 2013 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day observance in Phoenix.
In their effort to stimulate public awareness and participation, the Phoenix Rotary 100 is sponsoring a special drawing for which the CAF’s Airbase Arizona has agreed to provide eight living history flight experiences aboard its fully-restored Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, named Sentimental Journey, based at Falcon Field in Mesa. Sentimental Journey is world-renowned and is one of only a handful of the nearly-13,000 aircraft of its type flown in combat in World War II that still exist today in pristine flying condition. Starting September 11, 2013 until November 30, 2013, contributors who donate to the Guns to Salute the Fallen Project at www.gunstosalutethefallen.com in multiples of $20.00 (six chances for $100.00) will be eligible to participate in a special drawing for one of these eight flights.
Two grand prize winners will be picked for flights in the nose compartment of the aircraft, where the bombardier and navigator sat during missions. The eight winners will be drawn and announced at the conclusion of the Memorial’s Dedication Ceremony on December 7, 2013. Sentimental Journey will be performing a flyover at the Dedication Ceremony, where over a thousand or more spectators are expected to participate.
Interested persons can take part in the special drawing by making a contribution to the Guns to Salute the Fallen Project on-line at www.gunstosalutethefallen.com. Proceeds benefit the World War II Memorial and the new World War II Exhibit under development in the Arizona Capitol Museum.
The CAF’s Airbase Arizona Aviation Museum is located at Falcon Field in Mesa, Arizona. Organized in 1978 as the Arizona chapter of the Commemorative Air Force, the Airbase’s mission is to restore and preserve historically important aircraft and related memorabilia in order to educate the public about the significant contributions made by men and women in the defense of the nation.