The Opportunity to “Grant A Dream”

September 24, 2018

Lake Prince Woods’ resident Harvey Spiers has always been fascinated with aviation. Mr. Spiers’ civilian and military careers both strongly reflect his passionate interest. He served in the Army Air Force in WW2 (Europe and North Africa), in the US Air Force in the Korean War, and in the active Air Force reserves for a few more years. His civilian career began as a Federal employee of the Naval Air Station in Norfolk, as an airframes mechanic. He worked his way up to become an aircraft examiner, planner & estimator, program manager, and finally as a Superintendent in the jet engine overhaul department before he retired in 1979. Even in retirement, he continued to pursue his passion and reactivated his airframe & powerplant (A&P) license and worked on light aircraft at many small airprts in the Southeastern Virginia Area.

This Summer Lake Prince Woods offered the Grant A Dream program to fulfill Spiers’  dream to revisit moments in his past. Lake Prince Woods sponsored a visit to the Military Aviation Museum in Va. Beach for a two-hour tour. This has always been a place Spiers has wanted to visit, but never had the opportunity over the years.

“Dad was fascinated to see such a huge collection of WW1 and WW2 vintage aircraft at the Museum. As we strolled around the Museum, he was able to call out the manufacturer name and model of just about every aircraft there!” stated his son Brad Spiers.

He recognized nearly all the fighter, bomber, and training type aircraft based on his vast exposure and experience servicing them and maintaining them during war and peacetime. Spiers posed a number of questions to the museum docent Mr. Skip Johnson, who has a tremendous knowledge of all of the warbirds in the collection. He was extremely thrilled to see an old Stearman bi-plane and a Waco YMF-5 land at the airfield.

“It was truly a dream come true for my Dad, and we are so thankful to the staff who developed and executed the Grant A Dream program, so that events like this can be arranged for loved ones,” stated Brad Spiers.

Lake Prince Woods, is an award winning residential retirement community, offering an array of lifestyle choices.  Located in Suffolk, Virginia, the community is nestled among 172 lovely wooded acres bordering Lake Prince.  As a continuing care retirement community, Lake Prince Woods offers residential living, assisted living, memory care and health care services with accommodations available for direct move-ins to assisted living and health care.  To learn more, visit the website: