@DetroitRvrfrnt RiverDays set for a weekend full of family fun #DetroitRiverDays #DetroitRiverFront #TellUsDetroit


By Sharon Hill/Tell Us Detroit

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) – Roaring in the sky was a World War II B17 Bomber from Yankee Air Museum saluting the 15 Tuskegee Airmen. Along with a proclamation from the City of Detroit made in honor to the Tuskegee Airmen by Mayor Dave Bing were the highlights of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy kickoff of its 6th Annual Detroit River Days Festival

Tuskegee Airmen who were honored; Jesse Rutledge, Bill Thompson, Richard Jennings, Ralph Mason, Sandy Reid, Washington Ross, Alex Jefferson, P.T. Cochran, William Fuller, Harry Stewart, Dr. John Cunningham, Frederick Henry, Burkes Esaw Sr., Eddie Marcy, and Arthur Green who is president of the Detroit Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, and a special thanks to Burt Lowe.

For those who are not familiar with the Tuskegee Airmen, they were a group of 932 pilots who trained at the Tuskegee Institute’s Division of Aeronautics, located in Alabama, with 355 pilots deployed overseas. Of that group, 30 pilots were prisoners of war and Alex Jefferson was a prisoner of war at the infamous Stalag Pow Camp.

The Red Tails were the first African-American military aviators in the United States Armed Forces. During World War II, African Americans in the United States were still subject to Jim Crow Laws. The American military was racially segregated. Despite these adversities, they trained and flew with distinction. So, we do still respectively honor the Tuskegee Airmen.

Faye Nelson, President and CEO and Matt Cullen, Board Chairman of the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, and Robert Bury, CEO of the Detroit Historical Society were on hand to invite and welcome everyone to the festival.

The Detroit River Days Festival will be held for three days with such events as the Detroit River ArtScape competition, outdoor activities from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Maritime themed activities from the Detroit Historical Society, performers by local and national musicians with Boyz II Men, the Whispers and Kansas, a 5K run/walk and Pooch-a-Palooza canine walk and much more.

The 2012 River Days Festival kicks off Friday, June 22 at 11:00am and spans from the William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor to the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority Terminal & Dock, west of the Renaissance Center. The festival hours are 11am-11pm on Friday and Saturday, and 11am-10pm on Sunday. Admission is $3 before 5pom, $5 after 5:00pm and free on Friday until 5:00pm. For more information visit www.RiverDay.com 



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