DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Friends of Army Aviation will be returning to the Circle City for the second ‘Dothan Remembers’ fly-in event to help teach Wiregrass residents the history of army aviation and keep the memory of those aviators who served alive.

According to John ‘Doc’ Holladay, Friends of Army Aviation is made up of 485 members, and for the past four years, they have been working to get a UH-1H-Huey helicopter, that at one time, helped in battle off the ground once again.

“The main source of transportation for the soldiers on the ground,” Holladay said. “Guys like me who were pilots flew the aircraft took the kids into the LZ, they were 18 to 19 years old dropped them, and then we became their lifeline.”

Holladay, who is a pilot, said the mission behind this is simply being able to keep memories alive.

“It’s an opportunity for the public to experience something that doesn’t come every day, I mean this is a legacy aircraft behind me,” Holladay said.

A legacy, because a chopper like this helped deliver crucial war materials, food and helped fly soldiers back and forth from war zones.

The helicopter pilot tells WDHN, taking a ride in one of these helicopters goes beyond the high skies. He said a ride will help educate and help people remember the history of army aviation.

The 467 Whisky Whisky, Holladay said, was designated as both a healer and an educator.

“The healer part comes when you get a Vietnam veteran who has never been able to talk about his exposure and what he did in the war to his family; because he couldn’t explain it,” Holladay said. “You put him and his family on an aircraft, and now that communication opens up.”

According to Holladay, a ride like this keeps the memory fresh for those who fought in battles, but he said the education part comes when children can see and feel what it’s like to be an aviator.

“We’re looking at a future army aviator, or maybe a navy aviator, or a pilot, or an airforce pilot,” Holladay said.

Holladay said the ride instills a desire for taking on the skies. He said if they can get just one future pilot from these events, their mission is already accomplished.

The tickets for the helicopter rides are $50 per person. The event takes place Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.