Four Veterans To Be Honored At Sea-Tac Airport Monday

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Four veterans from Washington state will be honored with German-American Friendship Awards during the opening reception of an exhibit to honor the 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Monday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. in the London Room of the Airport Conference Center.

In cooperation with the German Embassy and the German Honorary Consul in Washington, the traveling exhibit “The Berlin Airlift – A Legacy of Friendship” commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift – one of the greatest humanitarian efforts of all time. The heroic efforts of the U.S. and Allied forces saved more than two million men, women and children in Berlin during a Soviet Union blockade beginning in 1948. This achievement is even more remarkable considering only three years earlier the Allies were bombing this same city.

Four U.S. veterans from Washington state who participated in the airlift will be honored by Washington state First Gentleman Mike Gregoire, Lt. Governor Brad Owen, the German Honorary Consul of Washington and representatives from the Port of Seattle.

The traveling exhibit, composed of over 60 photo panels, is part of the “Friends Always” campaign recognizing the powerful and enduring relationship between the United States and Germany. Since World War II, more than seven million American servicemen and women have been stationed in Germany. Together with their families, they formed lasting friendships. For more information see Friends Always – Legacy of the Airlift at

The display will be next to the Airport Office Building elevators on the south end of the Ticketing Level. The exhibit will be displayed at Sea-Tac Airport from December 8 – 31 before heading to the Museum of Flight.

WHAT: The reception will honor four Washington WWII veterans of the Berlin Airlift with German-American Friendship Awards. The exhibit will also be opened to the public.

WHEN: Monday, December 8 at 2pm

WHERE: Sea-Tac Airport Conference Center, London Room

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