U.S. Department of the InteriorOffice of the Secretary - U.S. Department of the Interior - www.doi.gov - Media Advisory
Date: Oct. 9, 2008
Contact: Joan Moody (DOI)
Linda Friar (NPS)

Deputy Secretary Scarlett to Join Governor Riley and Honored World War II Aviators at Grand Opening of Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site Tomorrow

TUSKEGEE, ALA.--At the Grand Opening of the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site tomorrow, Deputy Secretary of the Interior Lynn Scarlett will join Governor Bob Riley and some of those whom the new national park site honors-the first African-American aviators, who served with distinction in World War II. The ceremony at the site's famed Moton Field will kick off three days of special exhibitions and interpretive programs at the site as well as the Tuskegee Airmen throughout the Alabama River Region. Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site is administered by the National Park Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior, where Scarlett is the second highest ranking official.

Who: Lynn Scarlett, Deputy Secretary of the Interior
Alabama Governor Bob Riley
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Russell C. Davis, President of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.
City of Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford
Dr. Benjamin F. Payton, President, Tuskegee University
David Vela, Southeast Regional Director, National Park Service
Catherine Light, Superintendent, Tuskegee National Historic Site
What: Grand Opening Ceremony, Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
When: Friday, Oct. 10, 2008, 1:30 p.m.
Where: Moton Field, Tuskegee National Historic Site Tuskegee, Alabama
Note for the Media: Deputy Secretary Scarlett will be available for media interviews after the ceremony. All satellite trucks must notify park in advance and be onsite at 7 a.m. due to limited space; for more information, call Linda Friar at 786-385-0067. Note for the Public: Seating for the grand opening ceremony is available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking will open at 10:30 a.m. Free educational programs will be available to the public after the ceremony and throughout the weekend. For more information, call 334-727-6390.
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