Frequent Flyer May 2012

Volume I, Number 5
May 2012


(images) 8th Air Force Mother’s Day card,
1945 and Gold & Blue Star

Happy Mothers Day! We wish all of our mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers , etc., a wonderful day. A special salute to our Gold Star Mothers who have lost a son or daughter in the service of our country and to our Blue Star Mothers who currently have a daughter or son serving in the military. We appreciate your sacrifices.

(images) 8th Air Force Mother’s Day card,
1945 and Gold & Blue Star

This week we are also having a Volunteer Appreciation event, with ice cream, music, gifts, awards, welcome to new members, and a memorial for volunteers who passed away this year – Dick Lundberg, Bill Torgusen, Ted Barker, and Kevin Kronlund. We thank all of our dedicated volunteer for their many hours of service to the Bong. We are always looking for new volunteers; if you are interested, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Donna OKash at [email protected] or 715.392.7151.

Memorial Day 2012 is Monday, May 28. Activities will begin at 10am with services at Greenwood Cemetery.
The guest speaker will be His Worship, Keith Hobbs, Mayor of Thunder Bay; our own Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen will also make remarks. Other notable participants will include the Bong American Legion Post 435 and the DAR Greysolon Daughters of Liberty Chapter. Following the ceremonies, the Bong Center will be host to the annual Superior Singers Concert at 1pm.


A couple of programs worth mentioning precede Memorial Day itself. On May 20 and 27, PBS will rebroadcast Ken Burns’s 15-hour film “The War” in consecutive episodes. A local tie-in is the featured veteran Quentin Aanenson, a decorated fighter pilot from Luverne, Minnesota, who was familiar with the Bong. And don’t miss the Memorial Day Concert from Washington, DC, at 7pm on Sunday, May 27, also on PBS.

Other May Dates On Tuesday, May 8 the Bong Book Club welcomes guest speaker author John M. Russell who served during WWII as a US Navy photographer. Mr. Russell will speak about his experiences on the escort carrier USS

Friday, May 11, is the deadline for the High School Essay Contest. The topic for the essay is “Why is the Battle of Midway Important in American History?” Cash prizes will be awarded for the top essays. For further details, click the essay image above or contact Education Outreach Coordinator Scott Markle at [email protected] or 715.392.7151.




Our WWII Hollywood’s Heroes Film Series continues on Tuesday, May 15, with John Wayne starring in “The Longest Day.” Please note the earlier starting time of 1pm for this film only – “The Longest Day” is also the longest movie in our series. As always, admission is free, and so is the popcorn, courtesy of Campbell Lumber. Click on the Longest Day image for a complete listing of the 2012 Film Series.

Author Paul Sailer will be signing copies of his book “The Oranges Are Sweet” at the Bong on Thursday, May 17th, from noon-1:30pm. His book is available in the Bong Gift Shop.


Our Summer Hours begin Sunday, May 20. We will be open Monday through Saturday 9am-5pm and on Sundays from noon-5pm through mid-October.

And in June…

Our Second Annual Summer Open House is planned for Wednesday, June 6, from 9am-6pm. For a measly $5, you can tour the exhibits, eat yummy hamburgers, hotdogs and other snacks, browse the Gift Shop, meet special guests, and much more. Last year’s Open House was great fun, so plan to come for lunch, bring the kids after school, or just stop in at a convenient time. Our generous sponsors for the event include Upper Lakes Foods, Bernick’s, and Super One. Proceeds will benefit the Honor Flight Northland and the Bong Education Program.


New in the Gift Shop
If you’re looking for a unique gift for Mother’s Day, stop in our Gift Shop and check out the Lady WASP Tote Bag, an eco-friendly reusable tote bag that features the famous WWII photograph of ‘WASP’ (Women Auxiliary Service Pilots) with the B-17 ‘Pistol Packing Mama’. The bag measures 17” wide x 10” deep and 16” high, with a red hand and shoulder handles. Other new items include a variety of children’s and adults’ T-shirts and several new book titles. And the newest face is employee Mary Wilson, who is working afternoons in the Shop, so stop and say hello to Mary.


Save these dates
June 6 2nd Annual Summer Open House – a DON’T MISS EVENT! See above.
June 19 Film “To Hell and Back” starring Audie Murphy.

For the complete Film Series schedule, click here:

July 16-20 The second Duluth Playhouse Summer Camp, “HISTORY PLAY: A living history theatre camp” (click Playhouse logo for more info)


August 18 Military Vehicle Show at the Bong


September 22-3 Duluth Air Show at the Duluth/Superior International Airport

September 24 Bong Center 10th Anniversary and Major Bong’s 92nd birthday

November 1 Bong 9th Annual Auction