As a grateful nation commemorated Memorial Day on May 27, 21013, and remembered those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, nearly 250 guests filled the Intrepid Museum’s Howard and Allison Lutnick Theater for the dedication ceremony of 18 Seats of Honor.
Eight seats were dedicated in memory of veterans: Karl Ashley, Jr., Edmund Bradbury, Edward James Broms, Jr., Thomas L. Gibbs, Thomas F. Morrissey, Maxwell L. Page, James Principi, and Robert F. Sicknick. Ten seats were dedicated in honor of service: Four Generations of the Brugman Family (Mathias, Arthur, Dennis, Jason and Rena), Arthur H. Flynn, Jr., William Gronlund, John M. Henry, Sr., W. B. “Lefty” Lewis, Scott H. Mortimer, Joseph D. Murphy, Seth Rosner, Robert E. Tocalino, and the VA-176 Thunderbolts serving on Intrepid from 1966-67.
The Seats of Honor program pays tribute to current and former members of the United States Military and provides vital support for the Intrepid Museum as we seek to honor our heroes, educate the public, and inspire our youth. The legacies represented by these 18 new Seats of Honor will be shared with more than one million visitors each year, and will live on at the Museum for generations to come.
Each seat is dedicated with a brass plaque engraved with a personal message, and dedication ceremonies are hosted each year on Memorial Day and Veterans Day. To learn more about the Seats of Honor program, please visit www.seatsofhonor.org.
|Clockwise from top left: James Principi, Edmund Bradbury, Maxwell L. Page, Thomas L. Gibbs, Dennis Brugman, Robert F. Sicknick, Edward James Broms, Jr., Karl James Ashley, Jr.. Center: Tom Patton and Pete Russell of the VA-176 Thunderbolts.