Gov. Ralph Northam has issued a proclamation calling all citizens of the Commonwealth to recognize and observe Friday, Sept. 25, as Arsenal of Democracy Day in Virginia.
The text of the proclamation is as follows:
Whereas, 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II; and
Whereas, 300,000 Virginians served in the military conflict between 1939 and 1945; and
Whereas, 11,444 Virginians died in service to our Commonwealth and our nation during World War II; and
Whereas, on Friday, September 25, 2020, the Virginia Department of Aviation, Culpeper Regional Airport, and Manassas Regional Airport will host over 60 World War II aircraft that will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II with a formation flight from Culpeper and Manassas to the National Mall as part of the Arsenal of Democracy flyover; and
Whereas, the aircraft will participate in a historic sequence representing the significant battles of World War II;
Not, Therefore, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize September 25, 2020, as Arsenal of Democracy Day in our Commonwealth of Virginia, and I call this observance to the attention of all of our citizens.
More than 20 different types of vintage military aircraft are expected to participate in the flyover. Aircraft are being provided by multiple organizations and individuals whose mission is to preserve these historic artifacts in flying condition. Some of the historic aircraft expected to participate include the P-40 Warhawk, P-39 Airacobra, P-51 Mustang, F4U Corsair, B-25 Mitchell, B-17 Flying Fortress, B-29 Superfortress, and many others. Click here for more info about the Flyover
Story credit: Virginia Dept of Aviation; https://doav.virginia.gov/calendar-and-news/news/2020-september/governor-proclaims-sept.-25-arsenal-of-democracy-day/
Photo credit: https://ww2flyover.org/