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EAA Honors Departed Friends and Family at Memorial Wall Service
July 26, 2015 - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh has many traditions, none more meaningful than the annual Sunday morning EAA Memorial Wall enshrinement ceremony. Held an hour earlier than usual this year, the solemn gathering of friends and loved ones paid tribute to 49 newly enshrined members.
EAA’s Robin Kasel informed the several hundred people in attendance that those being honored that morning were a varied group; engineers, mechanics, teachers, builders, and more - all sharing the common bond EAA provides.
EAA Chaplain Cam Martin welcomed everyone and read the poignant pilot’s prayer, “Fellowship of Flight,” authored by well-known EAA member, the late Father John W. MacGillivray. Father MacGillivray donated his prized de Havilland Canada DH.82C Tiger Moth to the EAA museum in 1964.
Fellowship of Flight
Lord and maker of all things,
Bless the hands that fashion wings,
Forming beauty, faith and hope,
Of lowly things, like wood and dope.
Bless each fresh new eager span
Sprung from careful thought and plan;
Bless the ancient, tried and true
That ventured first through Heaven’s blue.
May this fellowship of flight,
Choose what’s best, but first what’s right.
United here, through flight, may we
Together, share eternity.
Just as EAA Chairman Jack J. Pelton finished reading the names of this year’s 49 departed members, a well-timed missing man formation flown by the AeroShell Aerobatic Team occurred.
A reception for attendees was held in the nearby hospitality tent.