December 17, 2023
120th Anniversary of First Flight

Free admission to Wright Brothers National Memorial

Honorees-Paul Garber Shrine  Walter and Olive Ann Beech
Walter Beech (1891-1950); Olive Ann Beech (1903-1993)

Founders of Beech Aircraft Company

Commemorative Event Schedule

  • Prelude Band Concert: First Flight High School Band, Bob Ebert, Director
  • 9:00 a.m.  Welcome & Guest Recognition: Robin Snyder, Deputy Superintendent, Outer Banks Group
  • Presentation of Colors: Camden County High School Coast Guard JROTC, MC L Dupree, Director
  • National Anthem: Betsy Robinson
  • Invocation: Marc O’Neal, Pastor Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
  • Welcome-National Park Service: David Hallac, Superintendent, National Parks of Eastern North Carolina
  • Welcome – First Flight Society, INC: Michael Fonseca, President, First Flight Society
  • Wright Brothers’ Story: David True, NPS
  • Keynote Speaker: C.K. Lee, Vice-President of the American Bonanza Society
  • Walter and Olive Ann Beech Portrait unveiling: Jeffrey Pitt, Grandson of Walter and Olive Ann Beech
  • Wreath Presentation: Paul Wright Jameson, Great-grand nephew of Wright brothers
  • Flyover – 10:35 pending weather