The Edmond Sun

November 4, 2013

Blue Star Mothers present program Thursday

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Members of the public are invited to an evening of appreciation for veterans at an Edmond church.

Blue Star Mothers of America Chapter 8, sponsored by Peace Lutheran Church, 2600 E. Danforth Road, is inviting the public to the Veterans Day-related program, which will begin at 6 p.m. at the church.

Guest speaker is John Keilty, a 26-year Navy pilot who logged more than 5,000 hours in more than 50 types of aircraft including jets, gliders, seaplanes and rotary wing aircraft before retiring in 2001. He is also a qualified parachutist.

Other program participants include members of the Edmond North JROTC and the North JROTC Color Guard, Boy Scout Troop 386, Paul Sinclair and his bagpipes and members of the Patriot Guard Riders.

Keilty was the first TACAMO test pilot and participated in the first Russian-U.S. Navy Test Pilot Technical Exchange Program shortly after the end of the Cold War. In Russia he flew the MiG-29.

He finished his career as commander of the Strategic Communications Wing ONE at Tinker Air Force Base. During his final tour as commander, the wing won the Omaha Trophy as best Air Wing in the Strategic Command.

He was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and grew up in northern Virginia.

A law approved on May 13, 1938, made Nov. 11 each year a federal holiday dedicated to the cause of world peace. It was set aside to honor World War I veterans and called “Armistice Day.”

In 1954, after World War II and the Korean conflict, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” Thus, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.