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Garden City, NY, U.S., Nov. 14, 2019. HUNTLEY LAWRENCE, the Aviation Leadership Award honoree, speaks at podium under U.S. Navy Grumman F11 jet suspended from atrium ceiling, as guests look on during 7th Annual Cradle of Aviation Museum Air and Space Gala.

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.

Above video includes ( vimeo.com/annparry/stafford ):

Honorees

Performing groups:

NYS Senator Kevin Thomas

Alan Contessa  •  Kevin Corrigan  •  Gene Lesserson
Gary Lewi  •  Michele Mason   Arthur Molins
Rose Molins  •  Tyler Morse  •  Andy Parton
Monique Retzlaff  •  Mary Spinosa  •  Joshua Stoff 

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.

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


FEATURE PHOTO  at top of post: Garden City, NY, U.S., Nov. 14, 2019. HUNTLEY LAWRENCE, the Aviation Leadership Award honoree, speaks at podium under Grumman F11 jet suspended from atrium ceiling, as guests look on during 7th Annual Cradle of Aviation Museum Air & Space Gala.


Air and Space Gala:  PHOTO GALLERY

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Garden City, New York, USA. June 6, 2019. The Freeport High School Upperclassmen Jazz Band entertains guests during the Cocktail Hour of the Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner, an Apollo astronaut tribute at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, celebrating the Apollo 11 mission Moon landing.

Freeport H.S. Students Soar: ‘Apollo at 50’ at Cradle of Aviation Museum

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
July 4, 2019

Three talented, professional-caliber Freeport High School student groups helped make the Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner memorable at the Cradle of Aviation Museum on June 6th: Navy Junior ROTC, Select Chorale, and Upperclassman Jazz Band. 

Freeport High School Navy Junior ROTC

NJROTC instructor: Major Donald R. Moore, Jr. (U.S. Marine Corps., retired)

Garden City, New York, U.S. June 6, 2019. Three Freeport High School Navy Junior ROTC cadets wearing uniforms and about to participate at Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner at Cradle of Aviation Museum, pose for photo in front of historic aircraft at museum exhibit. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Garden City, New York, U.S. June 6, 2019. Three Freeport High School Navy Junior ROTC cadets wearing uniforms and about to participate at Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner at Cradle of Aviation Museum, pose for photo in front of historic aircraft at museum exhibit. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Cadets, representing the over 200 students in Freeport High School’s Navy Junior ROTC, participated in “Apollo at 50.”

Garden City, New York, U.S. June 6, 2019. Freeport High School Navy Junior ROTC cadets wearing uniforms and about to participate at Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner at Cradle of Aviation Museum, pose for photo in front of historic aircraft at museum exhibit. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Garden City, New York, U.S. June 6, 2019. Freeport High School Navy Junior ROTC cadets wearing uniforms and about to participate at Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner at Cradle of Aviation Museum, pose for photo in front of historic aircraft at museum exhibit. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

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Garden City, New York, USA. June 6, 2019. Members of Freeport High School Navy Junior ROTC prepare to make entrance during Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner, an Apollo astronaut tribute celebrating the Apollo 11 mission Moon landing. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Garden City, New York, USA. June 6, 2019. Members of Freeport High School Navy Junior ROTC prepare to make entrance during Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner, an Apollo astronaut tribute celebrating the Apollo 11 mission Moon landing. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

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Garden City, New York, U.S. June 6, 2019. At right, a member of the Freeport High School Navy Junior ROTC is one of the cadets standing in front of the stage as Select Chorale members sing during Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner, an Apollo astronaut tribute celebrating the Apollo 11 mission Moon landing, at Cradle of Aviation Museum. Her uniform jacket has a braided epaulet on the left shoulder. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Garden City, New York, U.S. June 6, 2019. At right, a member of the Freeport High School Navy Junior ROTC is one of the cadets standing in front of the stage as Select Chorale members sing during Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner, an Apollo astronaut tribute celebrating the Apollo 11 mission Moon landing, at Cradle of Aviation Museum. Her uniform jacket has a braided epaulet on the left shoulder. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

The next section includes NJROTC cadets saluting as the Select Chorale sings the National Anthem.

Freeport High School Select Chorale

Select Chorale Director: Monique Retzlaff

Select Chorale members had time to chat during the Cocktail Hour.

Garden City, New York, U.S. June 6, 2019. Freeport High School Select Chorale members, wearing formal black suits and evening dresses, gather before they perform during Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner at Cradle of Aviation Museum, an Apollo astronaut tribute celebrating the Apollo 11 mission Moon landing. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Garden City, New York, U.S. June 6, 2019. Freeport High School Select Chorale members, wearing formal black suits and evening dresses, gather before they perform during Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner at Cradle of Aviation Museum, an Apollo astronaut tribute celebrating the Apollo 11 mission Moon landing. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Shortly before entering the stage area of the vast atrium,  Apollo astronaut HARRISON SCHMITT and some Select Chorale members kindly agreed to gather for a group photo.

Garden City, New York, USA. June 6, 2019. Apollo 17 astronaut HARRISON SCHMITT, at center, poses with Freeport High School Select Chorale members soon to perform at Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner at Cradle of Aviation Museum. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Garden City, New York, USA. June 6, 2019. Apollo 17 astronaut HARRISON SCHMITT, at center, poses with Freeport High School Select Chorale members soon to perform at Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner at Cradle of Aviation Museum. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

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Garden City, NY, U.S. June 6, 2019. Freeport High School Select Chorale singers perform - with their Director MONIQUE RETZLAFF standing at right, facing them - during Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner. FHS Navy Junior ROTC cadets are saluting. Apollo astronaut tribute celebrating the Apollo 11 mission Moon landing was held at Cradle of Aviation Museum. ( 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Garden City, NY, U.S. June 6, 2019. Freeport High School Select Chorale singers perform – with their Director MONIQUE RETZLAFF standing at right, facing them – during Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner. FHS Navy Junior ROTC cadets are saluting. Apollo astronaut tribute celebrating the Apollo 11 mission Moon landing was held at Cradle of Aviation Museum. ( 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

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Garden City, New York, U.S. June 6, 2019. Freeport High School Select Chorale singers exit stage after performing during Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner, an Apollo astronaut tribute celebrating the Apollo 11 mission Moon landing, at Cradle of Aviation Museum. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Garden City, New York, U.S. June 6, 2019. Freeport High School Select Chorale singers exit stage after performing during Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner, an Apollo astronaut tribute celebrating the Apollo 11 mission Moon landing, at Cradle of Aviation Museum. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Freeport High School Upperclassmen Jazz Band

Jazz Band Director: Michael LaSorsa

The Upperclassmen Jazz Band entertained guests during the Cocktail Hour.  

Garden City, New York, USA. June 6, 2019. The Freeport High School Upperclassmen Jazz Band entertains guests during the Cocktail Hour of the Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner, an Apollo astronaut tribute at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, celebrating the Apollo 11 mission Moon landing. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Garden City, New York, USA. June 6, 2019. The Freeport High School Upperclassmen Jazz Band entertains guests during the Cocktail Hour of the Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner, an Apollo astronaut tribute at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, celebrating the Apollo 11 mission Moon landing. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

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Garden City, New York, U.S. June 6, 2019. Freeport High School members of its Upperclassmen Jazz Band briefly stop to pose after performing  during Cocktail Hour at Cradle of Aviation Museum during Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner, an Apollo astronaut tribute celebrating the Apollo 11 mission Moon landing. Garden City. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Garden City, New York, U.S. June 6, 2019. Freeport High School members of its Upperclassmen Jazz Band briefly stop to pose after performing  during Cocktail Hour at Cradle of Aviation Museum during Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner, an Apollo astronaut tribute celebrating the Apollo 11 mission Moon landing. Garden City. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Additional members of the Freeport Public Schools family:

Board of Education President Michael Pomerico

Superintendent of Schools Kishore Kuncham, Ed.D.

Freeport High School Principal Joe Mille

FYI fLI:  During Art Expos a few years ago, I enjoyed working with Freeport H.S. students interested in developing their editorial photography skills. They captured such effective news photos – including of visitor Superintendent Kishore Kuncham, Ed.D. – during the events!


  • How Apollo astronauts and flight directors helped CAM, on June 6, celebrate the 50th Anniversary of NASA’s 1969 Apollo mission:

Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner at Cradle of Aviation Museum


My news photos, 6/6/2019:  

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