(September 26, 2017) The fifth version of the National Guard Educational Foundation Christmas ornament honors the early days of flight and the Air National Guard. The artwork this year comes from the National Guard Heritage Series of paintings and was done by Woodi Ishmael in 1989.
It depicts Capt. Raynall Cawthorne Bolling, who formed the 1st Aero Company in Minneola, New York, in 1915. On Nov. 19, 1916, 10 JN-4 “Jennies” flew from Minneola to Princeton, New Jersey, at that time the largest formation military flight in U.S. history.
The 1st Aero Company was called into service during World War I. Bolling was killed in March 1918 while serving in France.
Previous ornaments have honored the First Muster of 1637 in Salem, Massachusetts, the National Guard Memorial in Washington, D.C., Guard families and the NGAUS monument on Omaha Beach in France.
Information on how to purchase the ornament is at http://www.ngef.org/donate/2014-ngef-commemorative-ornament-2/(link is external).