Sailors and civilians are planning another reunion at the Brunswick Naval Air Station this summer

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BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Sailors and civilians are planning another reunion at the Brunswick Naval Air Station this summer.

The event will feature a barbecue reception and a ceremony honoring the loss of 24 men from two VP-26 crews during combat operations in the Vietnam War in 1968. Rear Adm. Trey Wheeler will preside over the wreath-laying ceremony.

Organizer Jeff Simpson said he and other reunion planners hope to build upon the success of a 2016 reunion that brought together 250 people.

Brunswick Naval Air Station opened in World War II as a training ground for British and Canadian pilots and closed on May 31, 2011.

The 3,200-acre base is now a business campus that’s called Brunswick Landing. Dual, 8,000-foot runways are part of Brunswick Executive Airport.