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Hempstead, New York, U.S. June 17, 2022. Statue of astronaut Sally Ride - the first American woman in space - has unveiling and dedication ceremony at the new Sally Ride Circle in front of Cradle of Aviation Museum on Long Island.

Astronaut Sally Ride statue unveiled at Cradle of Aviation Museum

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
June 23, 2022

Honoring America’s first woman in space

“About time! Love it” – Ellen Thomas Ehmer, former Gruman worker

Though it was near high noon on a hot day – not my favorite for capturing outdoor photos – I thoroughly enjoyed the dedication ceremony for the Sally Ride statue in front of Cradle of Aviation Museum on June 17th.

my Photo Gallery – Sally Ride statue dedication ceremony (Plus, click each photo below to see larger one.)

Hempstead, NY, U.S. June 17, 2022. Sally Ride statue unveiled at Cradle of Aviation Museum (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Garden City, New York, U.S. June 17, 2022. Officials (on left) and students (on right) who won essay contest on Sally Ride pull ropes to uncover statue of Sally Ride during dedication ceremony at Cradle of Aviation Museum. (© 2022 Ann Parry, AnnParry.com)

The inspiring seven-foot bronze statue, titled “The First American Woman in Space,” powerfully commands the new Sally Ride Circle.

Hempstead, NY, U.S. June 17, 2022. Sally Ride statue unveiled at Cradle of Aviation Museum (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Garden City, New York, U.S. June 17, 2022. Andy Parton, President of CAM, speaks at podium in front of covered statue of astronaut Sally Ride during dedication ceremony at Cradle of Aviation Museum. (© 2022 Ann Parry, AnnParry.com)

VIDEO: Andy Parton & Nassau County Comptroller Elaine Phillips (Read much of Phillips’ speech near end of this post): 
Sally Ride statue

Hempstead, NY, U.S. June 17, 2022. Sally Ride statue unveiled at Cradle of Aviation Museum (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Garden City, New York, U.S. June 17, 2022. Officials and leaders (on left), and students (on right) who won essay contest, pull ropes to uncover statue of astronaut Sally Ride during dedication ceremony Cradle of Aviation Museum. (© 2022 Ann Parry, AnnParry.com)

Sally Ride statue

Hempstead, NY, U.S. June 17, 2022. Sally Ride statue unveiled at Cradle of Aviation Museum (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Garden City, NY, U.S. June 17, 2022. Filmmaker Steven C. Barber, the Project Manager of the statue of Sally Ride, speaks during in its dedication ceremony at Cradle of Aviation Museum. (© 2022 Ann Parry, AnnParry.com)

The Project Manager of the “The First American Woman in Space” statue is Steven Barber, a documentary filmmaker. (see above photo)

As Andy Parton, President of Cradle of Aviation Museum, said while thanking those who helped make the statue possible:

“….And, finally, a huge vote of thanks to the man who had the vision and passion to make this project work – Mr. Steve Barber….”


Hempstead, NY, U.S. June 17, 2022. Sally Ride statue unveiled at Cradle of Aviation Museum (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Garden City, NY, U.S. June 17, 2022. George Lundeen, of Lundeen Sculpture, is one of three sculptors of astronaut Sally Ride statue. They all attended its dedication ceremony at Cradle of Aviation Museum on Long Island. (© 2022 Ann Parry)

Project Manager Steven Barber introduced the 3 sculptors of Sally Ride statue – GEORGE LUNDEEN, MARK LUNDEEN, and JOEY BAINER (see above photo):

“I want to introduce, in my humble option – and they get a little embarrassed when I say this, but it is true:

These are not just the greatest sculptures in America, these are the greatest sculptures in the world, for many reasons,
the Family Lundeen, George and Mark,
who have believed in me, which is hard to do sometimes,

So anyway, their unwavering spirit has been amazing for me.

So everybody, put your hands together for George and Mark Lundeen, and master sculptor Joey Bainer, behind the tree hiding, Joey is the heir apparent….”

Hempstead, NY, U.S. June 17, 2022. Sally Ride statue unveiled at Cradle of Aviation Museum (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Garden City, NY, U.S. June 17, 2022. Alexandria Leggitt, who’s working with Barber trying to build ‘Hidden Figures’ monument, poses by the statue of Sally Ride during its dedication ceremony at Cradle of Aviation Museum. (© 2022 Ann Parry, AnnParry.com)

Project Manager Steven Barber also introduced ALEXANDRIA LEGGITT (see above photo):

“….And I do want to also mention we have a great IBM’er, an executive from IBM here, Alexandria Leggit, who has been tireless in the last 2 years.
She has been working with me trying to build the ‘Hidden Figures’ monument.

“So we want to start moving into diversity, which obviously Sally Ride is…”

Hempstead, NY, U.S. June 17, 2022. Sally Ride statue unveiled at Cradle of Aviation Museum (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Garden City, New York, U.S. June 17, 2022. Julia Lauria-Blum, the Curator of the Women Air Force Service Pilots of WWII Exhibit at American Air Power Museum, poses at statue of astronaut Sally Ride during dedication ceremony at Cradle of Aviation Museum. (© 2022 Ann Parry, AnnParry.com)

JULIA LAURIA-BLUM is another of the many accomplished women who attended the Sally Ride statue dedication ceremony. (see above photo)

Now one of the curators at the American Airpower Museum, previously Lauria-Blum was a Curatorial Assistant at the Cradle of Aviation Museum for 14 years. 

Hempstead, NY, U.S. June 17, 2022. Sally Ride statue unveiled at Cradle of Aviation Museum (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Garden City, New York, U.S. June 17, 2022. At far left, Elaine Phillips, the Nassau County Comptroller – and CAM Board of Directors: Vice-Chair Anne Shybunko-Moore, and trustees Peter Stearn, Teresa Ferraro, Dr. Kishore Kuncham, and Mike Stromer – attend dedication for statue of Sally Ride at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com )

Plaque inscription on statue pedestal:

SALLY RIDE
First American Woman in Space

Commissioned by
Matson Family Foundation
Peter Diamandis: on behalf of the XPRIZE Foundation
Maria Shriver

Project Manager:  Steven C. Barber

Sculptors: Mark Lundeen – Joey Bainer – George Lundeen

Dedicated  June 17, 2022

Cradle of Aviation


Hempstead, NY, U.S. June 17, 2022. Sally Ride statue unveiled at Cradle of Aviation Museum (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Garden City, New York, U.S. June 17, 2022. Middle and high school student winners of an essay contest about Sally Ride pose in front of statue of Sally Ride during dedication ceremony at Cradle of Aviation Museum. (© 2022 Ann Parry, AnnParry.com)

Nassau County Comptroller Elaine Phillips’ speech:
  (video of speech is near start of post)

“…So you’re probably wondering why the Comptroller of Nassau County is standing here talking to you ….

But, when I was elected this past November,
I was the first woman to be elected as the Nassau County Comptroller,
thank you, thank you, yes, and I won’t be the last

And when we actually had our inauguration ceremony here at the Cradle of Aviation,
and beforehand, I was thinking,
What do I say?

You know, I’ve been in politics for X amount of years,
I’ve been in the financial service industry for 35 years,
nobody wants to hear that

And I thought about this museum,
and I thought about women who have made first in science

And Sally Ride came to my mind,
and that day I looked at the young women in the audience
and said:

How do you become the first woman,
or the second, or the fifth, or the one-hundredth?
but how do you get ahead in life?

And the answer, one of the answers, is hard work, obviously
but it is also saying Yes when opportunity presents itself

and I will tell you, there are many times
in many of my jobs, careers in the past
Was I fully fully prepared to do the job?
the answer is No
but I said Yes

And you think about it,
Sally Ride, she didn’t grow up thinking she was going to be an astronaut, the first American woman in space

An opportunity came about,
And she applied, out of thousands and thousands of women and men

So, to the young women out in the audience,
When an opportunity comes, it’s OUR responsibility to say YES….”


FEATURE PHOTO (at top of post) – Garden City, N.Y., U.S. June 17, 2022. Statue of astronaut Sally Ride – the first American woman in space – has unveiling and dedication ceremony at the circle in front of Cradle of Aviation Museum in Long Island. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)


Sally Ride Statue at CAM: my PHOTO GALLERY

CAM site:  Cradle of Aviation Museum

Sculptors:  Lundeen Sculpture@lundeensculpture

Steven C. Barber: @StevenWhartonBarber

Space.com article: space.com/astronaut-sally-ride-statue-cradle-aviation

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2015 PHOTO: Below, see the metal sculpture (at left) previously in front of Cradle of Aviation Museum:

Hempstead, NY, U.S. June 17, 2022. Sally Ride statue unveiled at Cradle of Aviation Museum (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Garden City, N.Y., USA. December 12, 2015. Metal rocket sculpture appears to soar into sky in circle in front of Cradle of Aviation Museum. (© 2015 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com )

Garden City, New York, U.S. November 14, 2019. The Nassau County Police Emerald Society Pipe Band performs during the 17th Annual Cradle of Aviation Museum Air and Space Gala. The event helps support the development of new activities and educational programs, and honors the innovations of leaders in aviation, technical achievement, and leadership. (© Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Apollo Astronaut Tom Stafford Honored at Cradle of Aviation Museum Air & Space Gala

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
November 25, 2019

Gentleman & Lt. General Tom Stafford

Garden City, New York, U.S. November 14, 2019. L-R, Apollo 10 Commander Lt. Gen. THOMAS STAFFORD talks with MARY SPINOSA, of Hauppauge, in the LEM Room during the 17th Annual Cradle of Aviation Museum Air and Space Gala. Tom Stafford received Spirit of Discovery Award. Spinosa was seated with the East West Industries table. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Garden City, N.Y., U.S. November 14, 2019. L-R, Apollo 10 Commander Lt. Gen. THOMAS STAFFORD talks with MARY SPINOSA, of Hauppauge, in LEM Room during 17th Annual Cradle of Aviation Museum Air and Space Gala. Spinosa sat at East West Industries table. (© 2019 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

After Apollo 10 Commander Lt. Gen. Tom Stafford confirmed he’d attend the November 14th Cradle of Aviation Museum Air and Space Gala, Congress called him to speak on November 13th at the House Science Committee hearing about what must be done for NASA to successfully return to the Moon by the president’s 2024 Moon to Mars goal.

  • Photo Video  [music / 03:56] Cradle of Aviation Air & Space Gala 2019:

Stafford, determined to keep his promise to the Cradle of Aviation Museum, wasn’t daunted by the grueling schedule. He spoke in Washington, DC, and arrived the next day, Nov. 14th, at the Long Island gala in time to speak with guests and have about 100 photos taken with them, and receive the Spirit of Discovery Award.

Honorees

Spirit of Discovery Award:  Lt. Gen. THOMAS P. STAFFORD. In 1962, Stafford, a U.S. Air Force officer and test pilot, became part of NASA’s second group of astronauts, and in 1969 he was the Commander of Apollo 10. 

Leroy R. Grumman Award: PERRY K. YOUNGWALL, CEO & President of Transaero Inc.:

Garden City, New York, U.S. November 14, 2019. PERRY YOUNGWALL, CEO and President of Transaero, Inc, speaks at podium about receiving the Leroy R. Grumman Award at the 17th Annual Cradle of Aviation Museum Air and Space Gala. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Garden City, New York, U.S. November 14, 2019. PERRY YOUNGWALL, CEO and President of Transaero, Inc, speaks at podium about receiving the Leroy R. Grumman Award at the 17th Annual Cradle of Aviation Museum Air and Space Gala. (© 2019 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Aviation Leadership Award: HUNTLEY A. LAWRENCE, Director of Aviation Department, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey:

Garden City, NY, U.S., Nov. 14, 2019. HUNTLEY LAWRENCE, the Aviation Leadership Award honoree, speaks at podium during 7th Annual Cradle of Aviation Museum Air & Space Gala. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Garden City, NY, U.S., Nov. 14, 2019. HUNTLEY LAWRENCE, the Aviation Leadership Award honoree, speaks at podium during 7th Annual Cradle of Aviation Museum Air & Space Gala. (© 2019 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)


VIDEO ( vimeo.com/annparry/stafford ) near start of post includes – in addition to Honorees Lt. Gen. Thomas Stafford, Perry Youngwall, and Huntley Lawrence:

Performing groups:
•  Freeport High School Select Chorale
•  Nassau County Police Emerald Society Pipe Band

NYS Senator Kevin Thomas

Alan ContessaKevin Corrigan Gene Lesserson
Gary LewiMichele Mason Arthur Molins
Rose MolinsTyler Morse Andy Parton
Monique Retzlaff Mary Spinosa Joshua Stoff


FEATURE PHOTO  at top of post: Garden City, NY, U.S., Nov. 14, 2019. The Nassau County Police Emerald Society Pipe Band performs during the 17th Annual Cradle of Aviation Museum Air and Space Gala.


Air and Space Gala:  PHOTO GALLERY

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