Keep your eyes to the sky this Wednesday evening for a military fly over to mark the anniversary of the end of World War II.

September 2nd is the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. The Greatest Generation Day Committee, along with the help of the Gerald Ford Museum, are putting together a flyover to commemorate this date in history.

The B-17 Flying Fortress, which was one of the bombers that was used in the war, will take off from the Yankee Air Museum in Belleville on Wednesday afternoon. Along with the bomber will be the paratrooper famous C-47 and the B-25.

Their flight path takes them over our state's capitol in Lansing as they make their way to Grand Rapids. The timeline has them reaching the Grand River in Grand Rapids about 6:00 pm. They will make three passes along the river. They will also be flying over the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and the Grand Rapids Veterans Outpatient Clinic.(All times are approximate, weather may cause changes in time and flight plan.)

WWII Flyover Flight Path 09-02-20

After the flyover, at 7 pm on Wednesday, tune in on Facebook Live as journalist and author Chris Wallace delivers a speech about his book “Countdown 1945.” The event will be available on the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation Facebook page.

The war started on Tuesday, September 1st, 1939. There will be a virtual remembrance ceremony and bell-ringing happening at 6:30 pm on Tuesday on the Gerald R. Ford Foundation Facebook page.


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