|WHAT:||A Veteranís Day Celebration Honoring the Tuskegee Airmen|
The Diocese of Rockville Centreís Ministry to Catholics of African Ancestry, in conjunction with the Nassau County Office of Minority Affairs, presents a Veteranís Day celebration honoring the Tuskegee Airmen.
The Tuskegee Airmen were a group of African American pilots who flew with distinction for the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. Prior to their formation and training at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama there had been no African American pilots for the U.S military.
In 2002, New York State funded an expansion project for the American Air Power Museum, which is located at Republic Airport in Farmingdale. The new funds help create interactive displays that highlight the role of the Tuskegee Airmen and the Women Air Service Pilots in World War II.
|WHEN:||Saturday, November 11, 2006 from 2:00 Ė 4:00 p.m.|
|WHERE:||American Air Power Museum at Republic Airport|
1230 New Highway
Farmingdale, NY 11735
|FOR MORE INFO:||Darcel B. Whitten-Wilamowski |
Coordinator of Ministry to Catholics of African Ancestry
PHONE: (516) 678-5800 ext. 239
|†||About The Diocese of Rockville Centre|
The Diocese of Rockville Centre was formed in 1957 and covers 1,222 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.4 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.3 million). There are 134 parishes in 115 towns. Last year over 20,000 baptisms, 18,000 confirmations, 20,000 first communions and 5,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are 2,137 students in Catholic kindergarten, 23,825 in primary or elementary school, 12,628 in secondary school and 3,300 in higher institutions. There are 76 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, two home-care agencies, two senior housing complexes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. Last year, Catholic Charities assisted more than 80,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. For more information, visit www.drvc.org
Sean P. Dolan
Director of Communications
516-678-5800, ext. 625