Last year's visitors to Harlem's Airmen Memorial surprise local hosts

 

December 13, 2023

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(l-r) Darwin Zellmer, Harlem Mayor Chris Green and Kraig Hansen pose after a presentation at a called council meeting. Mayor Green presented a lithograph plaques to both Darwin and Kraig. The plaques were given by a group of former airmen who came to visit the Airmen Memorial last August.

Alert "Journal" readers may recall the story that ran in August about the visit by 16 former airmen who came to visit the Harlem Airmen's Memorial. The group, all Air Force veterans and mostly from the west coast, had some connections to the 13 crewmen who died during a refueling practice run high over Harlem that resulted in a crash of two of the four planes in the exercise. The crash occurred on November 30, 1992.

The 16 came to visit the memorial in Harlem and another up nearer the actual crash site north of town. Unexpectedly, their visit coincided with an exhibit set up in the Blaine...



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