After the mayor signed the proclamation, she was treated to an airplane ride courtesy of Dixie Chopper Air, LLC.
The mayor took a flight in a YAK aircraft flown by John Layne, the manager of the local airport. The mayor then had a chance to observe Greencastle from the air.
The YAK is Russian designed and Chinese built and was used by both countries as an advanced pilot trainer aircraft.
Area young people ages 8 to 17 will have a chance to take to the skies on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 11 and 12 as Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1374 hosts a Young Eagles Flight Rally at the Putnam County Airport in Greencastle during the annual Airport Appreciation Days.
The goal was achieved ahead of schedule; now the goal is to introduce 100,000 young people each year to the world of aviation. Volunteer EAA pilots have now flown more than 1.5 million young people who reside in more than 90 countries.
"Free airplane rides are just part of the Flight Rally," Jack Sutton, spokesman for the event, said. "We hope to build one-to-one relationships between pilots and young people, giving a new generation a chance to learn more about the possibilities that exist in the world of aviation."
Pilots at the event will also explain more about their airplanes, allowing young people to discover how airplanes work and how pilots ensure safety is the prime concern before every flight.
Following the flight, each young person will receive a certificate making them an official Young Eagle. Their name will then be entered into the "World's Largest Logbook," which is on permanent display at the EAA Air Adventure Museum in Oshkosh, Wis. The Logbook is also accessible on the Web at www.youngeagles.org