“Wings Over Vermont” To Focus on Community Gratitude

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When the “Wings Over Vermont” air show kicks off later this month on the Burlington waterfront, it will be about more than just stunts.

It will also be about community.

“It’s really about celebrating the service of the men and women in the United States military. This is a community show,” said Retired Lt. Gen. Mike Dubie of the U.S. Air Force and former Adjutant General of the Vermont Air National Guard.

“It’s a way for the military to thank the community for their support of their national guard,” said Major General Steven Cray, current Adjutant General of the Vermont Air National Guard.

Organizers, including Generals Cray and Dubie, have spent three years planning the big show.

It’s the first in 10 years. More than 250 volunteers are pitching in to help.

“Vermont National Guard is your community. It’s your friends, it’s your neighbors, it’s your family members. It is ‘us’ if you will. We’re very very lucky, uniformed members in this state, are very very lucky to receive that level of support,” said Major Gen. Cray.

The 2-day 2016 show is expected to bring in thousands more people, compared to the single-day event in 2006.

That year, 40,000 people came out to see the show. Up to 80,000 people are expected this time around.

Event organizers have also been raising money for the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital and Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, a camp for kids who have or have had cancer.

“Helping children is something that everyone can really feel good about and we’ve been really thrilled with the support of the community to help raise the money,” said Ret. Lt. Gen. Dubie. “After expenses are paid, the money that’s left will be doled out to different charities.”

“Wings Over Vermont” also coincides with the 70th anniversary of the Vermont Air National Guard.

“It is your family,” said Maj. Gen. Cray. “The National Guard is a big family and they are supported by so many, especially in the state of Vermont.”

You can check out Wings Over Vermont August 13-14 at the Burlington waterfront.

Opening ceremonies begin at 10:30am on Saturday, August 13.

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