Gateway Eagles today flew almost 70 youth. This was an afternoon filled with opportunity. Each registered guest got a backpack. They also received an orientation flight and lunch. Music filled the air. Those waiting could learn about opportunities for SIU Carbondale. They could also enjoy a line up of Corvettes, a bouncy house, tour the Commemorative Air Force Hanger and get their face painted. There were lots of activities for guest to enjoy.
It was great to see a few organization have placed this on their calendar, bringing a busload of their youth to enjoy the day. I saw some old faces and some new ones. I was impressed with one courageous young man, who overcame his fear of heights to return to earth with an expression of wow on his face. I met a few who were sitting on the sidelines due to lack of parent permission. I hope next year I will see them again, so they to can go home with the experience of flight, a picture and a certificate of accomplishment.