17th Annual Banquet to Honor Pilots With Accolades and Fellowship was held October 1st at the University of Delaware's Clayton Hall in Newark, Delaware.
The center of attraction—six of the First State’s most distinguished airmen—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 2016 honorees was also be on display.
Ceremony and Dinner
Celebrants were ushered to the big Clayton Hall dining room. The Master of Ceremonies officiated the ceremony and called for the University of Delaware Air Force ROTC Color Guard to open the ceremony.
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 wingman escorted his/her honoree to the platform, then presented him/her 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 “God Bless America”.