2011-04-01 / News

SC Historic Aviation Foundation adds to Honor Flight weekend

Contributed by Ron Shelton


Ben Dubard (l), Eric McClam, and Robbie McClam of City Roots join their neighbor, South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation’s rare WWII B–25, in adding a salute to veterans with free Saturday morning, April 2 programming on the weekend of Honor Flight of South Carolina’s tribute, to include a ticketed 2 p.m. concert Sunday, April 3 at the Township Auditorium. Ben Dubard (l), Eric McClam, and Robbie McClam of City Roots join their neighbor, South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation’s rare WWII B–25, in adding a salute to veterans with free Saturday morning, April 2 programming on the weekend of Honor Flight of South Carolina’s tribute, to include a ticketed 2 p.m. concert Sunday, April 3 at the Township Auditorium. City Roots is joining Honor Flight of South Carolina’s upcoming salute to WWII veterans by offering back–to–back short programs on victory gardens.

To be led by James Quint, educational coordinator for Historic Columbia Foundation, the informal presentations will be given at both 11 a.m. and noon at City Roots , 1005 Airport Boulevard adjacent to Jim Hamilton L.B. Owens Airport.

Also, part of the homage to WW II veterans will be City Roots’ neighbor across the boulevard, a rare B–25C airplane. The Mitchell bomber is Columbia’s largest artifact from the WWII era. It will be on view Saturday morning between 11a.m. and 1 p. m.

“Music of WWI I still sets the era’s nostalgic tone, which Columbians can hear at 2 p. m. Sunday afternoon if they attend Honor Flight’s concert at the Township Auditorium,” said Eric McClam, farm manager of the in–town sustainable farm. “Victory gardens also characterized that era; they represented a nationwide movement that shifted the focus of growing vegetables and fruits from primarily rural settings to urban plots.”

McClam added, “We see the pendulum swinging back to those times. Today, urban growers are motivated by environmental concerns, not war.” McClam said “For James’ presentations Saturday morning , just one day before Honor Flight’s musical tribute , he will bring out WW II victory garden posters and will share information on what families in Columbia and the nation grew at home so that soldiers could be fed on the battle lines.”

Quint said Americans were willing to plant as many as 20 million victory gardens during WWII to minimize use of aluminum (cans) needed for the manufacture of aircraft and other goods for the war effort. “Looking across the street from City Roots to that B–25C helps us realize what stirred Columbia’s strong sense of patriotism and allegiance during those years.”

The B–25C Mitchell bomber recently was purchased by the South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation (SCHAF) to prevent its sale and departure from South Carolina. SCHAF boardmembers will be on hand—behind the historic Curtiss Wright Hangar, corner of Airport Boulevard and Jim Hamilton Boulevard —to explain the significance of the plane’s role during WWII.

According to SCHAF President Cantzon Foster, “We hope veterans, families, any Columbians gearing up for Honor Flight’s Sunday afternoon Glenn Miller Tribute Concert will swing by, take a close look at the airplane, and walk across the street to hear what James has to say about victory gardens at City Roots at 11 a. m. or noon.”

SCHAF is looking for new members to help support its committed plane restoration efforts, Foster said, “but all are welcome to come see the plane. This could be a nice photo opportunity for families, especially those fortunate enough to have a WWII veteran to include in the photograph.”

From 1– 4 p. m. City Roots’ McClam and Ben Dubard, field production manager, will lead a ticketed workshop, “ Planting Techniques and Soil Fertility.”

If you go

 City Roots’ short program on Victory Gardens led by James Quint, education coordinator, Historic Columbia Foundation, 11 a. m. and again at noon,. Saturday, April 2. The program is free.

 SCHAF’s Viewing B–25C Mitchell Bomber, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Corner Airport Boulevard and Jim Hamilton Boulevard behind Curtiss Wright Hangar. Free. www.SCHistoricAviation.org.

 City Roots’ workshop on “ Planting Techniques and Soil Fertility” 1- 4 p. m., Saturday, April 2, fee, Call 803-254-2302 for more information.

 McEntire Air Base Family Day, open to WWII veterans, Saturday 1–5 p.m.

 Honor Flight’s WWII Tribute Concert: Glenn Miller Orchestra, Victory Belles, and Bob Hope Impersonator, ticketed event. Visit HonorFlightof SC. com or the Township Auditorium for details.

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