Nell Calloway, director of the Chennault Museum and granddaughter to famed WWII General Claire Chennault, has been invited by the MAYDAZE Foundation to speak at the 13th annual Armed Forces Day ceremony set for Saturday, May 20..
General Chennault spent his early life in Franklin Parish near Gilbert. He is best known for organizing the American Volunteer Group, or the Flying Tigers, and assisting the Chinese Air Force in fighting the Japanese in the early days of WWII
The Armed Forces Day ceremony is set to begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Davis Park in Winnsboro. Local officials and members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and other veterans’ organizations are slated to attend.
All veterans and families, as well as the public, are encouraged to attend this celebration. This event is free to public.
Traditionally observed on the third Saturday in May, Armed Forces Day is part of Armed Forces week beginning the second Saturday of May and ending on the third Sunday of May. The last Monday of May is Memorial Day which was established to honor all veterans who died while serving in the nations’ armed forces.
The MAYDAZE celebration at the park will conclude with a ringing of the bell for each branch of the military, as well as for first responders, in honor and respect for those who have served and are currently serving.