18th Annual Banquet to Honor Pilots With Accolades and Fellowship was held October 28th, 2017 at the University of Delaware's Clayton Hall in Newark, Delaware.
The center of attraction—six of the First State’s most distinguished members of the aviation community—were regaled with music, decorations and ovations, and the glamour of Clayton Hall with its colorful table decor, tastefully prepared dinner, and charming serving staff.
Hangar Flyin’ and Cocktails
The evening began with a cocktail/ hors d’oeuvre reception, starting at 5:00 pm, in Clayton Hall’s fireplace lounge. This has become an annual opportunity for aviation people to meet and catch up on “what’s new” and to greet the honorees, says Maj.Gen(Ret) Frank Ianni, DAHF trustee and general chairman for the celebration.
Background music was provided and photos, reproduction prints and models of U.S.aircraft were exhibited around the hall. A continuous video gallery of DAHF inductees was projected on a big screen; memorabilia of the 2017 honorees was also be on display.
The State of Delaware, represented by Lt. Governor Bethany Hall- Long, presented tributes from the Office of the Governor to each inductee.
Ceremony and Dinner
Celebrants were ushered to the big Clayton Hall dining room. DAHF President Bruce Lambrecht officiated the ceremony, with a bagpiper and the University of Delaware Air Force ROTC Color Guard opening the ceremony with the "Presentation of Colors".
Following dinner, the Emcee recognized the Delaware dignitaries who were present.
Presentation of Inductees:
The Emcee called the honorees and their “wingmen", separately by alphabet, to the platform. (Following their selection, each honoree was assigned a member of the DAHF board to serve as his/her liaison. Fittingly, they dubbed themselves “wingmen".)
Each inductee was escorted by his/her wingman to the stage, where the audience heard the wingman's presentation while visual graphics were shown on a large projection screen. The wingamn then presented their inductee to DAHF President Bruce Lambrecht to receive their plaque and ribboned medallion.
The evening concluded with remarks by the President, retirement of the Colors, and singing of patriotic melodies to include “God Bless America”.