Metal of Honor should be out of the shop tomorrow. She is having her exhaust pipes powder coated over at Chrome Fusion. Just in time, too, we have a busy week planned to kick off November.
Our first appearance with Metal of Honor is Saturday, November 7th from 10AM to 3PM during the 2009 Vegas Valley Book Festival. We'll be in the plaza at the 5th Street School (with the Target Children's Festival.)
The Vegas Valley Book Festival, the largest literature event in Las Vegas, will be held November 4 – 8, 2009, with most events taking place at the historic Fifth Street School downtown. Now in its eighth year, this annual community festival was founded on the simple premise of bringing together those who write books and those who love to read them. The five-day festival is presented by the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs, Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, Nevada Humanities and the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
If all goes well, we'll have one or two of the local Pearl Harbor Survivors on hand to answer questions and meet the public. (It depends on their health, as they are all over 85.) We'll also have plenty of free Metal of Honor bookmarks and posters. This is a wonderful activity for families and anyone who loves a good story!
Then, on Wednesday, November 11th, I'll be riding Metal of Honor to escort the Las Vegas Pearl Harbor Survivors in the Veteran's Day parade in downtown Las Vegas. The parade starts at 10AM from 4th and Gass Avenue and continues to Stewart Avenue.
This is likely to be the LAST parade the Survivors appear in, as many are over 85 years old. Bring the whole family out to wish the Survivors well and show support for all of those who have served our great nation. You don't have any excuses - it's a CCSD school holiday and kids LOVE parades!
Then on Friday, Novemeber 13th, by special invitation from the Tournament organizers, we'll have Metal of Honor on display as part of the 8th Annual Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Golf Classic held at Nellis Air Force Base. If you wanna hit the links and get a sneak peek at the some of the crack flyers practicing for Aviation Nation over the weekend, this is your place to play! Not to mention it's a great opportunity to help the Marines make a great Christmas for some of the valley's needy kids. Of course, we'll have posters and bookmarks available.
The USMC Toys For Tots Golf Tournament (the Golf Tournament with “Air Cover”) held each year on the Friday preceding Aviation Nation weekend at the Sunrise Vista Golf Course at Nellis AFB, is now in its 8th year. This year’s Scramble tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 8AM on Friday, November 13.
Each year the participants enjoy a day of fun and socializing on the links – and - have the unique opportunity to watch the “Air Cover” as world class Aviators go through their the final “dress rehearsals” directly overhead on the last day before Aviation Nation begins. Thomas McGrath, Chairman of the Tournament Planning Committee and a founding member of the tournament said “If you plan to concentrate on your golf game, this is not the tournament for you. However, if you want to have a memorable day, have a chance at winning some tremendous prizes and, at the same time, provide children with Christmas toys...this is your tournament”.
Over the past 7 years, more than $90,000.00 has been raised by the tournaments to help provide Marines much needed support for our community’s children, who otherwise, might have no Christmas at all. Since 1947 Marines have been distributing shiny new toys to needy children and last year alone, the tournament contributed $25,000 in proceeds to benefit the Southern Nevada Toys for Tots program.
McGrath added, “in spite of the current economic environment, we are very encouraged by the early and strong interest from companies, individual players and other organizations in providing support for and participation in this most important fund-raiser”.Whew! We hope to see you at one of these events! Have a great week!