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Tribute to World War II veterans postponed till July

By June 6, 2011

World War II veterans who have not yet signed up for the Defty Ranch WWII Veterans Tribute Day in Woodland will get another chance.

Originally scheduled for Sunday, it has been postponed to July due to rain. Most of the WWII exhibits — airplanes, weapons, vehicles, shooting range, etc. — are outdoors, and require good weather. A tentative date of Sunday, July 17, has been set.

The event will feature a Lockheed P-38 “Lightning” twin-engine fighter aircraft, a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber, a B-24 Liberator four-engined bomber, a twin-engine B-25 Mitchell bomber and a P-51 Mustang fighter. You can actually touch these venerable veteran aircraft.

The event is at 32500 State Highway 16, west of Woodland, and runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is free to WWII veterans and one guest. Others will be asked to pay $50 for the full day’s events. Included are displays of WWII-era classic automobiles, military vehicles and weapons, and classic farm equipment.

In addition, WWII veterans have opportunity to handle and shoot the WWII Infantry .30 caliber rifles, the M1 Garand as well as the M1 Carbine, on the Defty shooting range.

The day includes a barbecue in a covered “mess hall,” reminiscent of WWII eating facilities, served by the staff of the Diamond D Engineering Co. and volunteers.

This will be the fourth year that the WWII veterans tribute has been presented by Spencer Defty and his Diamond D General Engineering, at his expense except for donations from local friends, and the nonprofit organizations Patriots for Veterans Inc. and the Yolo County Marine Corps League.

To offer a sponsorship or get more information, visit http://www.patriotsforveterans.com or call (530) 662-2042.

Special to The Enterprise

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