The city of Litchfield Park will hold a virtual flag-raising ceremony Friday, Sept. 18 to celebrate the 73rd anniversary of the U.S. Air Force.
Mayor Thomas L. Schoaf will present a special proclamation in honor of the event during the 8:15 a.m. ceremony presented on the city’s Facebook page, @CityofLitchfieldPark.
For more information, call City Hall at 623-935-5033
The Air Force was created Sept. 18, 1947. Before that, military aviation was divided between the U.S. Army (land-based operations) and the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps (sea-based operations).
To see the service’s history by decade, visit the Air Force’s history page.
Nearby Luke Air Force Base predates the Air Force’s separation by several years.
Litchfield Park Air Base opened in 1941 as an Army Air Corps training field for advanced training in conventional fighter aircraft.
It was renamed Luke Field in honor of Phoenix native 2nd Lt. Frank Luke Jr., a World War I fighter pilot and Medal of Honor recipient who shot down 18 German aircraft in the 18 days before he was killed in combat Sept. 29, 1918, after his aircraft was shot down near Murvaux, France.