Berlin Airlift Memorial Dedication
Mar 8, 2013
Patriots Park, 800 Venetia Bay Blvd., Venice, FL
On Friday, March 8th at 11:00am, the Venice American Legion, the Berlin Airlift Association and Kays-Ponger & Uselton Family of Funeral Homes and Cremation Services will be dedicating a monument honoring those that participated in the Berlin Airlift.
The Berlin Airlift was the response by the Western Allies to the blockade of West Berlin by the Soviet Union following World War II. From June of 1948 until May of 1949, the allies flew over 200,000 flights carrying over 4,700 tons of necessities such as food and fuel to the Berliners, making the Berlin Airlift one of the largest humanitarian missions in history. 31 American airmen and 39 British lost their lives in this mission.
The event will be emceed by Jim Hutchinson, Post Commander of the Venice American Legion. Speaking at the dedication will be Venice Mayor, John Holic and John Chadra, an aircraft and engine ground mechanic during the entire Berlin Airlift and also the donor of the monument.Berlin Airlift Memorial Dedication