United States Army Parachute Team Golden Knights Silk Hope North Carolina 1973

The 5oth Anniversary "Honoring Heroes"  is not an endorsement of the Children of Fallen Heroes by the U.S. Army or Army Parachute Team, Golden Knights.

You have been invited to a private event. 


50th Anniversary

"Honoring Heroes"

 Silk Hope, NC

 Wed. March 8, 2023

The 50th Anniversary Event is to honor the 14 men that lost their lives in a tragic plane crash while serving in the U.S. Army Parachute Team, Golden Knights on March 8, 1973, in Silk Hope, NC. 

1973 Gold Demonstration Team members:

CW3 Richard A. Del Conte

PFC Paul D. Albritton

SSG Joseph C. Barbarick

SGT Michael G. Buckley

SSG Bartley L. Bullington

SSG Cecil E. Davis

SSG Raymond C. Kinser Jr.

SGT Edward M. Parrish

CW2 Rodney H. Pease

SSG Joseph B. Pelter

SSG James F. Rice

SP5 Michael D. Wasley

SGT Francis P. Welch

SSG Robert T. Wolfe


"I believe that my father and his brothers would want us to celebrate their lives,

and get back to our roots of being a family, one unit, one love -

(All family members, civilian staff, volunteers. and the GK team both past and present) 


Let us honor those that paved the way in the sport of skydiving and aviation. 

Black and Gold Forever.

Blue Skies,

Kenneth Wasley, Son of Michael Wasley

Michael Wasley's legacy is his wife Judy, his daughter, Gena, and his Grandson Dylan

(Dylan is in heaven with his grandpa).


Event Schedule

Please note we will be providing a list of hotels and logistics for the event.

This event is for our GK Family including those that have supported the team and our love for skydiving.

March 8, 2023


Newlin Farms, Silk Hope, NC

12:00pm - 4:00pm

(If rained out we will move indoors, TBD in Durham, NC)

Honoring Heroes

Parachute Demonstrations / Military Aviation Fly-Over 

Honoring Heroes that paved the way in skydiving.

Showcasing the history and advancement in canopy flight.

Tandem Skydiving 

Salute to the First Responder of Silk Hope, NC.

Tactical and K9 Demonstrations

Food, Beverages & Live Music

Friendly competition to include sports and games for everyone.

(grab your videos because this is going to be fun to watch)

Hosted Kids Area

(So the parents can have some fun)

Canine & Wildlife Rescue 

Mini Farm, Petting Zoo 

Hayrides & Bounce Houses 

Evening Schedule

Dining, Music, Entertainment, and Dancing

(Casual attire, No ties or suits, this event is designed

for the whole family,  grandkids and children can participate in an entertaining dining experience)


March 8, 2023

Time 7 PM

Durham, NC, Location TBD.


Awards for making a positive difference in this world.

I had a wonderful conversation with Pat Rice on March 17, 2022.  She is looking forward to the event including other family members of the team. 


I understand that some may not be able to attend the event. But I have great news, with technology we will be able to share the event via live private video.


Please fill out the form below so that we can keep you informed.



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