23rd Annual Banquet to Honor Pilots With Accolades and Fellowship
A special evening in the history of the Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame (DAHF) will be held on Saturday, October 28th. The activities start at 5:00pm.
The Honors Banquet will be held at a new venue- The Executive Banquet & Conference Center in Newark, Delaware. The center of attraction—six of the First State’s most distinguished people of aviation, plus a Youth Aviation Achievemnt Award winner—will be honored with decorations and ovations, all within the Conference Center with its colorful table decor, tastefully prepared dinner, and helpful serving staff.
Hangar Flyin’ and Cocktails- 5:00pm
The evening will start off with a cocktail and hors d’oeuvre reception in the expansive main hall of the Center.
• International Cheeses & Pepperoni
• Fresh Garden Crudités
• Tomato Basil Bruschetta
This new venue offers an opportunity for aviation people to meet and catch up on “what’s new” and to greet the honorees. Photos, reproduction prints and models of U.S.aircraft will be exhibited around the Center. A continuous video gallery of DAHF inductees will be projected on a big screen. Plus, memorabilia on display at each of the 2023 Inductees' tables.
Ceremony and Dinner
The celebrants will be ushered into the Center's main banquet room. Master of Ceremonies LeSans Alexander will officiate the ceremony by calling on the bagpipers to lead the procession into the hall. The Military Color Guard will open the ceremony with the posting of the colors. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the "Star Spangled Banner" will be sung.
Following dinner, President Bruce Lambrecht will welcome everyone and recognize the dignitaries who are in attendance.
Presentation of Inductees:
The 2023 honorees and their “wingmen" will be called individually, in alphabetical order, to the platform. (Following their selection, each inductee was assigned a member of the DAHF board to serve as his/her liaison. Fittingly, they dubbed themselves “wingmen").
Each honoree will be introduced by their wingman to the audience. At the conclusion of each of their introductions, DAHF Vice President LeSans Alexander will present each inductee with a plaque and ribboned medallion in honor of their induction to the Hall of Fame.