Never Forget the Cost of Freedom

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

~~~ Frances Scott Key, 1814


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Saturday, Nov. 1st ~ Wings, Miami Dade Fire Avaition & Disney

Planes Fire & Rescue DVDSaturday, November 1st

10 am to 2 pm

Disney Studios makes a promotional stop to celebrate their Nov. 4th DVD release of PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE!

Children $3.00 ~ Adults $7.00

* See the Miami Dade Aviation foam fire truck and more
* Enjoy Disney Planes give-aways
* Register for chance to win a Planes Fire & Rescue DVD
* Look at planes and meet Wings pilots
* Visit with WW2 veteran, Todd Silverman

In celebration of 2014 Aviation History Month, and the exciting release of the DISNEY’S “PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE” movie on DVD, Wings Over Miami will have Disney Plane items (like posters and other items) for museum guests on Saturday, November 1st, between 10 am-2 pm. For this special day, the museum entrance fee will be lowered to $3.00 for kids and $7.00 for adults.

Because several of our planes will be out of the hangar visiting an airshow in North Florida, we are asking other pilots with planes on the airport to taxi over and join in a “show and tell” for the kids. Several of the museum’s pilots and tour guides will be available answer questions about aviation.
Photo (c) Disney

Pilots! Don’t Miss the FAA Seminar

Mimai Dade College Event 10 15 14

Robert Bohm: A Long Wait for Purple Heart Honor

Robert Bohm, Miami’s most recent Purple Heart recipient waited a long, long time for his honor. Robert served in World War II.Robert Bohm WW2 veteran recieves Purple Heart 8/23/14

Now living in Palmetto Bay, Robert (Bob) finally became a recipient of the Purple Heart on August 23, 2014. He waited 70 years for this meaningful award. He is now 93. Bohm suffered a traumatic head injury which left him unconscious for several weeks.

The award brought back many memories from WW II; some good memories and some sad ones illustrative of the tragedy of war.

Much of the military’s personnel paperwork was lost in a fire many years ago, resulting in the loss of the reports that would have led to the award  much earlier in Robert’s lifetime. His daughter, who was diligent in her follow-through, was able to get the attention of the correct military officer who listened to her father’s story. The result of all her tenacity came to fruition on August 23th at an award ceremony in honor of Bohm at Unity on the Bay Church in Northeast Miami-Dade County.

The award was pinned on by four star General Peter Chiarelli during at the event.

Robert Bohm and Bob Messer, Purple Heart receipents During a recent evening out in Palmetto Bay, Robert Bohn was introduced to Vietnam Purple Heart recipient Bob Messer of Homestead. Bob Messer received his Purple Heart in 1982, for military action that took place in February 1966.

Both Army veterans, the two purple heart recipients had a lot to say to each other. Messer represents the third generation of Army commanders from his family, so Bohm and Messer were looking to find that common thread of military friends that spanned the two wars.