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Tuskegee Airman Flowers turns 106 on Christmas Day; Caravan celebration planned in his honor

LAS CRUCES – A drive-by birthday caravan is slated for December 4th to celebrate the 106th birthday of Tuskegee Airman James Clayton Flowers.

The Buffalo Soldier Motorcycle Club in El Paso organized this caravan in honor of Flowers, whose birthday is December 25th. Flowers is one of the oldest members of the Las Cruces parish.

According to Debo Wakefield from the motorcycle club, the caravanners should line up in the parking lot of the Walmart Supercenter on Walton Boulevard this Saturday at 1.30 p.m. Las Cruces police will then escort the caravan to Flowers’ house at 2 p.m.

Tuskegee Airman James Clayton Flowers will receive the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at his home on Tuesday, February 16, 2021.

Flowers is one of the last surviving members of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first black aviators to serve in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. They flew missions in Europe and North Africa during the war and served as part of the motivation for the racial integration of the country’s military.

Everyone is cordially invited to take part in the birthday party. If interested, contact Wakefield by phone at 915-861-5443.

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Leah Romero is the trend reporter for Las Cruces Sun-News and can be reached on Twitter at 575-418-3442, [email protected] or @rromero_leah.

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