WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The 104th Fighter Wing held its annual F-100 memorial re-dedication Friday at Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield.
Presided over by Colonial David Halasi-Kun, the service honored 13 airmen who have given their lives in aviation events during their duties for state and country. Families gathered together in the shadow of the F-100 to reflect and pay their respect. The names of the 13 airmen are eternally memorialized in plaques on the memorial.
Col. David Halasi-Kun told 22News, “I think it’s important that we remember that our nation’s fallen each has a name. And that name was given to them by their family. And for the family, the name is an unbreakable connection that forever binds them to love, to loss and to pain… we have 13 of those names.”
Following the ceremony, there was a 21 military gun salute and the laying of a memorial wreath and a fly over. Barnes Air National Guard Base is responsible for protecting the 40 million Americans in New England and New York and one third of the nation’s GDP.
The F-100 monument was originally dedicated in 1987, and continues to stand as reminder of the impact these guardsmen on our country.