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

Air Force Maj. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, Eighth Air Force commander, meets Delayed Entry Program Air Force recruits during the Memorial Day weekend National Salute to America’s Heroes Miami Air and Sea Show at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Miami in Opa-Locka, Fla., May 26, 2017. Department of Defense service members, DEP family members, and guests witnessed approximately 97 Air Force recruits took the Oath of Enlistment, along with Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard recruits. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

Air Force Maj. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, Eighth Air Force commander, meets Delayed Entry Program Air Force recruits during the Memorial Day weekend National Salute to America’s Heroes Miami Air and Sea Show at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Miami in Opa-Locka, Fla., May 26, 2017. Department of Defense service members, DEP family members, and guests witnessed approximately 97 Air Force recruits took the Oath of Enlistment, along with Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard recruits. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

Air Force Delayed Entry Program recruits are sworn in during a U.S. Armed Services swear-in ceremony during the Memorial Day weekend National Salute to America’s Heroes Miami Air and Sea Show at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Miami in Opa-Locka, Fla., May 26, 2017. Department of Defense service members, DEP family members, and guests witnessed approximately 97 Air Force recruits took the Oath of Enlistment, along with Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard recruits. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

Air Force Delayed Entry Program recruits are sworn in during a U.S. Armed Services swear-in ceremony during the Memorial Day weekend National Salute to America’s Heroes Miami Air and Sea Show at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Miami in Opa-Locka, Fla., May 26, 2017. Department of Defense service members, DEP family members, and guests witnessed approximately 97 Air Force recruits took the Oath of Enlistment, along with Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard recruits. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team, stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C., practices drill movements before a U.S. Armed Forces Delayed Entry Program swear-in ceremony during the Memorial Day weekend National Salute to America’s Heroes Miami Air and Sea Show at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Miami in Opa-Locka, Fla., May 26, 2017. The joint-service event allows the five branches of the Armed Forces to demonstrate and educate the public on their asset’s capabilities, and increases awareness and understanding of each branch’s unique mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team, stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C., practices drill movements before a U.S. Armed Forces Delayed Entry Program swear-in ceremony during the Memorial Day weekend National Salute to America’s Heroes Miami Air and Sea Show at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Miami in Opa-Locka, Fla., May 26, 2017. The joint-service event allows the five branches of the Armed Forces to demonstrate and educate the public on their asset’s capabilities, and increases awareness and understanding of each branch’s unique mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

Air Force Maj. Gen. Garrett Harencak, Air Force Recruiting Service commander, speaks during the Memorial Day weekend National Salute to America’s Heroes Miami Air and Sea Show at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Miami in Opa-Locka, Fla., May 26, 2017. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Delayed Entry Program recruits took the Oath of Enlistment during a swear-in ceremony in which Harencak provided words of encouragement and gratitude. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

Air Force Maj. Gen. Garrett Harencak, Air Force Recruiting Service commander, speaks during the Memorial Day weekend National Salute to America’s Heroes Miami Air and Sea Show at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Miami in Opa-Locka, Fla., May 26, 2017. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Delayed Entry Program recruits took the Oath of Enlistment during a swear-in ceremony in which Harencak provided words of encouragement and gratitude. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

An Army Golden Knights Parachute Team member soars over an Air Force F-22 Raptor during the Memorial Day weekend National Salute to America’s Heroes Miami Air and Sea Show at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Miami in Opa-Locka, Fla., May 26, 2017. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guar service members are participating in the air and sea show to demonstrate their capabilities to the public, educate, and increase awareness of each branch’s unique mission and role. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

An Army Golden Knights Parachute Team member soars over an Air Force F-22 Raptor during the Memorial Day weekend National Salute to America’s Heroes Miami Air and Sea Show at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Miami in Opa-Locka, Fla., May 26, 2017. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guar service members are participating in the air and sea show to demonstrate their capabilities to the public, educate, and increase awareness of each branch’s unique mission and role. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

Air Force Maj. Gen. Garrett Harencak, Air Force Recruiting Service commander, stands for a photo with Delayed Entry Program Air Force recruits during the Memorial Day weekend National Salute to America’s Heroes Miami Air and Sea Show at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Miami in Opa-Locka, Fla., May 26, 2017. A swear-in ceremony was held to recognize new recruits who took the Oath of Enlistment into the U.S. Armed Forces. Approximately 97 Air Force recruits were sworn-in during the joint-service event which is held to educate the public, and increases awareness and understanding of each branch’s unique mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

Air Force Maj. Gen. Garrett Harencak, Air Force Recruiting Service commander, stands for a photo with Delayed Entry Program Air Force recruits during the Memorial Day weekend National Salute to America’s Heroes Miami Air and Sea Show at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Miami in Opa-Locka, Fla., May 26, 2017. A swear-in ceremony was held to recognize new recruits who took the Oath of Enlistment into the U.S. Armed Forces. Approximately 97 Air Force recruits were sworn-in during the joint-service event which is held to educate the public, and increases awareness and understanding of each branch’s unique mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

Air Force Maj. Gen. Garrett Harencak, Air Force Recruiting Service commander, stands with Air Force Maj. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, Eighth Air Force commander, both center, during the Memorial Day weekend National Salute to America’s Heroes Miami Air and Sea Show at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Miami in Opa-Locka, Fla., May 26, 2017. The joint-service event allows the five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces to demonstrate and educate the public on their asset’s capabilities, and increases awareness and understanding of each branch’s unique mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

Air Force Maj. Gen. Garrett Harencak, Air Force Recruiting Service commander, stands with Air Force Maj. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, Eighth Air Force commander, both center, during the Memorial Day weekend National Salute to America’s Heroes Miami Air and Sea Show at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Miami in Opa-Locka, Fla., May 26, 2017. The joint-service event allows the five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces to demonstrate and educate the public on their asset’s capabilities, and increases awareness and understanding of each branch’s unique mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

U.S. COAST GUARD AIR STATION MIAMI, Fla. --

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 www.usasalute.com.