High FlightOh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings,
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds – and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of – wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew.
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee, Jr. (September 1941)
The United States Air Force Memorial will be officially dedicated and presented to the nation at an onsite ceremony at 1:30 p.m., on Saturday, October 14, 2006. The new Memorial is located in Arlington, Virginia, directly across from the Pentagon.
The general public is cordially invited to view the ceremony from the South Pentagon Parking Lot in conjunction with the Air Force Open House via live simulcast broadcast. During the ceremony, guests at both locations will view an aerial review of historic and modern Air Force aircraft, including an appearance by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.
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