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home : local news : local news August 17, 2017

8/8/2017 7:43:00 AM
Civil Air Patrol to hold its annual Pancake Breakfast August 13

Each year, the Civil Air Patrol, based in Walker, serves up a terrific pancake breakfast.

What is the Civil Air Patrol (CAP)? Over 100,000 pilots, nation-wide, volunteered their services shortly before the beginning of World War II, wanting to help in the defense of our country. As a result, the unit was officially recognized one week before Pearl Harbor. Their mission was to patrol the waters of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and the Gulf of Mexico, searching for submarines and reporting the location to the U.S. Army Air Corp. Their efforts saved countless lives. When the U.S. Air Force was formed, the CAP became an auxiliary of that service, again, serving as volunteers.

The CAP primary mission areas are aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency services including conducting ground and air searches to search for lost planes and/or persons. They have received commendations for their work following 911 and many natural disasters including Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, wild fires, tornadoes and floods.

Starting out as the Walker Flying Club, members formed the local CAP squadron and donated their airplane for its use. For years, it was the Cass County Squadron. However, there are also members who live in Hubbard and Beltrami Counties so the name was changed to the Tri-County Senior Squadron.

Civil Air Patrol works closely with other public safety organizations. To recognize this spirit of cooperation, we have invited members of the Cass County Sheriff's Department and their dive team, the North Memorial Ambulance and Helicopter crews, members of the Walker Fire Department and the Walker Police Department and the U.S. Forest Service as well as the Air Ambulance from the Sanford Clinic and the helicopter from the Minnesota State Patrol to participate at the breakfast by bringing pieces of their equipment for you to see "up close and personal" and to answer your questions.

The breakfast will be at the Walker Airport, Bresley Field, Sunday, August 13th, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Our secret recipe for made-from-scratch buttermilk pancakes was created by two members of the squadron, Hazel Cleghorn and Donna Withrow. We offer all the pancakes and sausage you can eat plus a beverage. There is no charge but a free will donation will be gratefully accepted. Proceeds from the breakfast help the squadron defray expenses for training and overhead. While the Air Force does provide the aircraft, most other expenses are paid for by the members and fund raisers.

Please join us, meet some of our local public safety officers, see the inside of an air ambulance (not as a patient) or squad car (not as a criminal) and have a great breakfast!

Bill Hansen Realty

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