US Army


HOTH Mission

Return of the Red Tails
"Remembering Tuskegee Airmen"
Tribute Event

All Military Branches
All Branches incl SpaceForce

Horesheads, NY - 05/25/2024


Mission applies to the following Region(s):

Region 1, Region 2, Region 3

About the Mission:

Ten years ago (June, 2014), Patriot Guard Riders were involved in a very special tribute called "Return of the Red Tails" at the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center in Horseheads, NY. At that time several Tuskegee Airmen were in attendance and were recognized with a special program and dinner.

Unfortunately, the last of the surviving local Tuskegee Airmen - Lt. Herbert Thorpe - passed away this past January, and PGR had a great turnout for his funeral service in Rome, NY on 10 February 2024.

This event on 25 May 2024 will be a tribute to those Heroes and their families, including interviews with family members, presentation by Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. Historian Michael Joseph II, and displays of military aircraft and vehicles.

It would be great to have PGR again be involved in this tribute with bikes lined up and a Patriotic flag line. There will be no admission charge for participating members, and they will be free to walk around and view the displays at the Discovery Center after the ceremony.

The ceremony and program is scheduled from 9:45 AM - 12:00 PM.

Please click on this link for the event flyer:  Click here

Primary Staging Date and Staging Time:

05/25/2024 at 09:00am

Staging Location:

Wings of Eagles Discovery Center
339 Daniel Zenker Drive
Horseheads, NY 14845
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Lead Ride Captain and Contact Info:

Don Higgins, RC, Reg-1
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Special Covid-19 Mission Guidelines:

Updated 15, May 2024

The CDC has changed its COVID-19 protocol recommendations for 2024, updating them to reflect the changing severity and transmission of the virus. Please click here for the latest information and continue to practice common sense distancing protocols while in enclosed locations.

Special Information:

Please be prepared with a clean 3x5 American flag, and dress accordingly for this public event.  Acknowledging that there are many events and ceremonies scheduled this Memorial Day weekend, please consider lending your support for this tribute to the memory of the Tuskegee Airmen.

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Submitted by:

Don Higgins, RC, Reg-1

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