Veteran​ ​to be Honored at Memorial Day Weekend’s 5th Annual Take Flight 5K

Veteran to be Honored at

Memorial Day Weekend’s

5th Annual Take Flight 5K

On Saturday, May 27th during Memorial Day Weekend at the 5th Annual Take Flight 5K, the Civil Air Patrol Honors Unit from the Greenville Composite Squadron will honor one of their previous members with a ceremony of remembrance.   Frank Wallace will be honored for his service to our Nation as a veteran of the U.S. Navy and as a C.A.P. mission pilot for the Greenville Composite Squadron.   

“We hope to have an aircraft fly low, at about 100 feet above the ground, just over the center line of the main runway as our Honors unit renders a final Salute in his honor and in remembrance of all deceased veterans,” stated Major Ron Hardgrave, Commander of the C.A.P. Greenville Composite Squadronwho will be leading the ceremony. “I say hope because we are always at the mercy of the weather or an aircraft maintenance issue which could affect the flyover aspect of our plans,” added Hardgrave.

Again this year the race organizers will be giving out one chance to win one prize to each person entered in the race so that people who never win 1st, 2nd or 3rd can maybe win a prize.  You must be present after the race to claim the prize.  “We hope that this feature will encourage more people to enter, thus helping us raise more money to help maintain and improve Runway Park at the Greenville Downtown Airport,” stated Race Director, Joe Lanahan.  The organizers say that the park is in desperate need of a paved parking lot.

What could you win?  According to the race website:  One of two signed Clemson athletic photos, a bike from Regions Bank, ice cream for 4 from Kilwins, 2 tickets to Centre Stage’s Intimate Apparel or Million Dollar Quartet, an Introduction to Golf Package from The Eagle Zone, a flight lesson from USAeroFlight, a fun item from The Elephant’s Trunk, a gift certificate to the Runway Cafe, a puppy or kitten adoption from the Greenville Humane Society, first flight lesson from The Flight School of Greenville, a Soccer Shots season, a first flight lesson from Stratos Aviation, Gravitopia passes, tools from McKinney Hardware & Lumber, a GMU cap, a Sunday brunch for 2 in the Westin Poinsett’s Spoon Bread Restaurantor a prize pack from 99.5 Chuck FM, HOT 98.1, 107.3 JAMZ or X98.5.

“Take Flight 5K will also have some very unique race prizes for those who do win.   The Best Overall Take Flight 5K Male and Female winners will receive a cool airplane gauge mounted to an award base!  Other prizes will also be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in different age and gender categories and everyone will get an event T-shirt,” noted Lanahan.

The Graham Foundation, Special Services Corporation, 99.5 CHUCK FM, Hot 98.1, 107.3 JAMZ, X98.5, Maserati Lotus Greenville, Touring Sport BMW / Triumph / Ducati, Spinx, Civil Air Patrol, RoundTowners and Fleet Feet Sports are sponsoring Take Flight 5K 2017.

The race will depart from Runway Park which is located next to the Runway Cafe at 21 Airport Road Extension, Greenville, SC 29607.  For more information and to register for the event, please visit and

“Not interested in running or walking down a real taxiway and runway during the 5K?  Come out anyway!  The Airport’s South Ramp will be full of Memorial Day activity for our whole community to experience,​” stated Joe FrasherAirport Director of the Greenville Downtown Airport.

About Civil Air Patrol (CAP)

America’s C.A.P. just celebrated its 75th anniversary, and the Greenville squadron just turned 60!  C.A.P. provides emergency services, cadet programs and aerospace education for youth and adults.  Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer United States Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which also includes regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. Civil Air Patrol (CAP), in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) and is credited by that agency with saving an average of 78 lives annually.

Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies.​  ​

Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program.

CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans.  ​

CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit for more information.

About GMU

GMU is the busiest general aviation airport in South Carolina and is a self-sufficient entity with financial strength that doesn’t rely on local taxpayers for funding. 
GMU is home to Greenville Jet Center, the largest Fixed Base Operator (FBO) in South

Carolina, as well as more than 25 other aviation-related businesses creating 453 jobs that annually contribute more than $35.2 million to the Upstate economy.

For more information about GMU please visit or contact Joe Frasher at 864-242-4777 or


Attached are visuals that you can use:   Take Flight 5K’s unique race course map, event logos and photos from last years Take Flight 5k

First Place Overall Male award went to Ashley Liew, 29, pictured here in an USAeroFlight aircraft.

First Overall Female winner, Maxine Blech, 16, in an USAeroFlight aircraft. She also won a flight lesson as a Take Flight 5K door prize. This was her first 5K win.

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