McMorris Rodgers Speaks at Ray Daves Air Traffic Control Tower Dedication

Ray Daves

NOTE: Several photos from today’s event are attached. Captions are below.

Spokane, WA – Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) spoke at the dedication of the Ray Daves Air Traffic Control Tower at Spokane International Airport Tower today. The tower was officially renamed after Mr. Daves – a veteran of World War II and a retired air traffic controller who has made Spokane his home for the past 65 years. The renaming was made possible by a bill Rep. McMorris Rodgers introduced in the 111th Congress that was signed into law on Dec. 22, 2010.

“By naming the Control Tower after Ray, we will remind all those who come here of this great patriot who represents the best of our nation,” said Rep. McMorris Rodgers. “But this is not only a tribute to Ray. Ray is always the first to ask others to honor all those who served – whether overseas or on the home front. So today’s ceremony is also a recognition of all their sacrifices, and the sacrifices of those who continue to serve in the defense of the United States of America.”

Ray Daves is a Pearl Harbor survivor, a Yorktown survivor, and a Purple Heart recipient. He currently volunteers his time to educate others about the Honor Flight program so all veterans may get a chance to visit the World War II Memorial built in their honor. He is 90 years old.

“I am deeply grateful to all those who made today possible,” said Mr. Daves. “This is a great honor which I accept with a humble heart. And I am more proud than ever to be a part of this wonderful community and nation.”

“For generations to come – from this control tower – airplanes will be guided in the skies above Spokane. And when they fly above us – when they see this Tower below – let them think of the men and women inside, who truly follow in this giant’s footsteps,” said Rep. McMorris Rodgers.

At the dedication, Rep. McMorris Rodgers presented Mr. Daves with an official copy of the bill naming the Control Tower after him.

PHOTO CAPTIONS:

Ray Daves: Original Fairchild Times newspaper photo/clip showing Ray Daves at the original radar scopes.

RD1: Rep. McMorris Rodgers speaks at today’s dedication. Mr. Daves is seated.

RD 4: Rep. McMorris Rodgers, Mr. Daves, and Mr. Daves’ daughter, Rayma Daves.

RD 5: Rep. McMorris Rodgers and Mr. Daves at the scopes today (at top).

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