Dear friends and fellow history enthusiasts,

We are thrilled to announce an extraordinary event taking place at Freedom Pavilion in Sylva, North Carolina! Prepare to be transported back in time and witness the legacy of a true American hero as we proudly welcome Gary Powers Jr., the son of the legendary spy pilot, for an exclusive meet-and-greet. Join us on Saturday, August 12th, from 2 PM to 5 PM and on Sunday, August 13th, from 11 AM to 2 PM to be a part of this momentous occasion!

The Heroic Legacy: On May 1, 1960, Francis Gary Powers, Sr., a brave pilot, took to the skies in a daring reconnaissance mission over the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War. Unfortunately, his U-2 spy plane was shot down, leading to his capture and intense international tensions. This event marked a significant chapter in the history of espionage and international relations, and his son, Gary Powers Jr., has dedicated his life to preserving and sharing this important piece of history.

The Event Highlights:

  • Date and Time: Saturday, August 12th, 2 PM – 5 PM & Sunday, August 13th, 11 AM – 2 PM
  • Movie Event: Gain insights into the U-2 incident through a compelling movie screening, offering a gripping portrayal of the events that unfolded on that fateful day.
  • Free Refreshments: Enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks while immersing yourself in the gripping tales of espionage and bravery.
  • Book Signing: Meet Gary Powers Jr. and get your personal copy of his book signed, “Spy Pilot: Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 Incident, and a Controversial Cold War Legacy.”
  • Autographs and Pictures: Have the chance to interact with Gary Powers Jr., share stories, and capture the memories with autographs and pictures.
  • Berlin Wall Program: Experience an informative program that sheds light on the history of the Berlin Wall and its significance during the Cold War.

Open to All: This extraordinary event is open to the general public, and we encourage everyone to join us in celebrating the bravery and sacrifices of those who played pivotal roles during the Cold War era. Whether you’re a history buff, a curious individual, or simply seeking an engaging weekend activity, Freedom Pavilion welcomes you with open arms!

About Freedom Pavilion: Freedom Pavilion stands as a testament to the spirit of freedom and the legacy of valor that has shaped the United States. We are committed to preserving historical events like the U-2 incident, educating the public about our past, and inspiring future generations to cherish the values of liberty and patriotism.

Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to meet Gary Powers Jr. and delve into the thrilling world of espionage, courage, and diplomacy. Mark your calendars for August 12th and 13th, and we can’t wait to see you at Freedom Pavilion!

๐Ÿ“ Location: Freedom Pavilion, 581 W Main St, Sylva, NC 28779

๐Ÿ“ž For more information, contact: (828) 559-6045

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Remember, history has the power to shape our future, and this event promises to be an unforgettable journey into the past. Spread the word and bring your friends and family along for an enriching weekend at Freedom Pavilion!

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