Loading Events

Listen to Bill and Melody broadcast live from Woodland Cemetery from 3 to 6 pm. Afterwards, join them for a special National Aviation Day tour.

The tour will begin at the grave site of the Wright Brothers and travel through the cemetery sharing stories of the men and women who helped Dayton grow the air services during WWI to today’s Air Force.

Some of the stories will include how Wright-Patterson Air Force Base got its name and how Requarth Lumber helped the Wright’s build their planes. There will be a couple of light-hearted stories from Horace Wright whose Uncle Orv teased him and the other children.

The tour will also feature prominent citizens Col. Edward A. Deeds and Gov. James M. Cox and how they figured in Dayton’s aviation history as well as the Huffman family who many know as manufacturers of the Huffy brand bicycle. Also featured will be veterans of the Army Air Corp and Air Force and how they made a difference in the world of aviation.

Join us on August 19th at 6:30 pm for this free tour. Park near the Wright Brothers monument and meet us at the family grave site.

Wikipedia states that the holiday was established in 1939 by Franklin D. Roosevelt, who issued a presidential proclamation which designated the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday to be National Aviation Day.

Orville Wright, born in 1871, was still alive when the proclamation was first issued, and would live another nine years. The proclamation was codified (USC 36:I:A:1:118), and it allows the sitting President to proclaim August 19 as National Aviation Day each year, if desired. Their proclamation may direct all federal buildings and installations to fly the US flag on that day, and may encourage citizens to observe the day with activities that promote interest in aviation.

In the event of inclement weather, a presentation of the walk will be given in the Mausoleum. Please note that this walk may be deemed strenuous by some and you will go off road into grassy and uneven ground. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a water bottle if necessary.

Please RSVP to 937-233-2484 or 

Free Chick Fil A coupon for everyone who takes the tour!

Don’t forget to listen to the live broadcast from Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum on the same day from 3 to 6 p.m. in the afternoon with Bill and Melody.