Air Force Week makes a flying start in New York

NEW YORK, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) — The first Air Force Week of 2010
kicked off on Tuesday in New York City with U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds
aerial demonstration team conducting a six-plane flyover of the
aircraft carrier Intrepid marking the start.

  New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly declared the
opening of Air Force Week at the proclamation ceremony with the theme
Honoring Hometown Heroes at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in
Manhattan .

  ”It’s an honor to recognize the contributions and sacrifices that
the men and women of the United States Air Force have made since its
inception in the defense of America and its allies around the world,”
said Commissioner Kelly.

  It is the first Air Force Week ever held in New York City
scheduled from August 24th through August 29th. Along with the Hudson
River flyovers, the City is holding events including special Air Force
Nights with the Brooklyn Cyclones, New York Mets, and Staten Island
Yankees, and an appearance by the Thunderbirds at the Atlantic City Air
Show on Wednesday afternoon.

  Air Force Week also brings Airmen to New York neighborhoods to
tell their stories, as well as gives them an opportunity to thank the
people of New York City for their support.

  ”I feel wonderful that I am still here. It has been a long time. I
am glad the city has the recognition for us every year,” Al Maher, a
veteran Air Force man told Xinhua.

  Air Force Weeks were established in 2006 to provide the big
picture of the U.S. Air Force mission and way of life. The second Air
Force Week of 2010 will be held in Cocoa Beach, Florida from October
26th through October 31st.