"In Honor of Two Boys from Ohio" Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center by grandmaR

After the Memorial Monument was constructed, in 1951, the memorial association was reorganized as the Kill Devil Hills Memorial Society, and prominent member David Stick established a "Wright Memorial Committee."

The visitor center was to be "within the Memorial near the camp buildings" with a trail would lead from the facility to the first flight area. The Park Service wanted the public to stand under the dome and be able to see the monument and first flight markers from inside the building.

The Wright Brothers Memorial Visitor Center was opened on July 15, 1960. By September the walks from the visitor center to the camp buildings and the main entrance gate were complete.

It was dedicated on December 17, 1960, the 57th anniversary of the first flight. According to one news account, a "slim audience saddened by Friday's airliner collision over New York and Saturday's crash at Munich" attended.

The most memorable moment in Mitchell's recollection of the event was a speech by Maj. Gen. Benjamin D. Foulois, who actually watched the Wright brothers test their early planes and flew the country's first army aircraft.

  • Last visit to Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center: Nov 2004
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