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U.S. Armed Forces in Miami for Memorial Day tribute

  • Published
  • By Senior Airman Erin Trower
  • 8th Air Force Public Affairs

Whether gazing out the window of a 5-star hotel along the Miami Beach front, or walking barefoot in the sand, the combined efforts of U.S. Armed Forces can be seen for miles along the Miami Beach shores over Memorial Day weekend, May 27-28.

Air Force, Marine Corps, Army, Navy and Coast Guard service members will fly, sail, and parachute across the blue skies and waters during the National Salute to America’s Heroes Miami Air and Sea Show. The event is designed to pay tribute to and honor military personnel and first responders. 

In commemoration of Memorial Day, a day which is observed as a time to remember and honor the sacrifices made by military men and women who gave their lives while serving their country, the Air Force is also celebrating its 70th birthday of fly, fight and win capabilities.

“As Eighth Air Force is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, the U.S. Air Force is celebrating its 70th birthday,” said Maj. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, Eighth Air Force commander. “It’s an honor and a privilege to showcase a glimpse of our powerful bomber fleet this weekend, and in-turn reflect upon those who gave their life for our great country as we enjoy the freedoms we are provided today.” 

To kick off the event, prior to the aerial demonstrations, Air Force, Navy, Army, Marine Corps and Coast Guard recruits recited the Oath of Enlistment during a Delayed Entry Program swear-in ceremony at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Miami in Opa-Locka, Florida. Approximately 97 Air Force recruits raised their right hand to continue carrying on the 70-year legacy of the world’s greatest Air Force.

To continue the celebration, beginning May 27, a B-2 Spirit bomber aircraft stationed out of Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, B-1B Lancers stationed out of Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota, and Dyess AFB, Texas, and B-52 Stratofortress stationed out of Barksdale AFB, Louisiana, will perform flyover demonstrations along the beach front to provide the public with the best visualization of America’s dominant strategic airpower.

A handful of Eighth Air Force aircraft subject matter experts also are in attendance to help generate awareness and educate local area visitors about current and future Air Force bomber efforts, as well as the capabilities and importance of each aircraft.

For more information about the air and sea show, visit