Calvary Cemetery to Join Other Community Groups in Honoring 100th Anniversary of Wilbur Wright’s Death on June 1
On June 1, 2012, from 3:30 to 3:35 PM, Calvary Cemetery’s chapel bill will ring as a part of the city wide tribute to the extraordinary life of Wilbur Wright. Flags will fly at half-mast and employees will observe a moment of silence in sodality with other Miami Valley businesses and organizations commemorating Wright’s death.
Wilbur Wright and his brother Orville had a profound effect on the world, of course, but also changed the destiny of many Daytonians lives. Among them is Bernard Whelan, one of the 119 Early Birds, trained by the Wright brothers at Huffman Prairie. Whelan went on to become Colonel Deed’s private pilot and broke altitude records testing new airplanes for Dayton-Wright. Whelan trained other pilots in the signal corps during WWI and assisted in the development of practical helicopter technology. He was President of the Early Birds, promoting aviation all over the globe. Whelan lived to be 93, passed away in 1983, and is buried at Calvary Cemetery.