Recap: For Love of Country — Building Our Future 2017
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2017 Annual Gala “For Love of Country – Building Our Future”
When: Saturday, December 2, 2017
Where: Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, Hangar 79
Pacific Aviation Museum officially kicked off a week-long schedule of events hosted by Pearl Harbor Historic Sites partners to commemorate the upcoming 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor with the annual dinner gala. The theme for the fundraiser was “For Love of Country – Building Our Future,” and included a veteran tribute, celebrity guests, entertainment, and attendance by WWII veterans including Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee, Triple Ace Air Force Pilot Clarence Emil “Bud” Anderson, and Pearl Harbor survivors Lt. Jim Downing, and Derwood Swanson.
More than 800 guests who attended Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s annual fundraising gala were among the first to see the Museum’s newest addition to its WWII aircraft collection — a Grumman TBM Avenger (Bureau number 9117). Initially put into service by the U.S. Navy in 1942, the Avenger is considered one of the outstanding carrier aircraft of all time, serving the military in numerous battles until the 1960s.