The Lt. Lee A. Hayes Youth Park in Amagansett was the site on June 18 for East Hampton Town’s commemoration of Juneteenth, as well as an event marking the 100th anniversary of the late Lee A. Hayes, a Tuskegee Airman for whom the park was recently named.
Mr. Hayes was an East Hampton resident who, as a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first Black military aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps, helped to break the color barrier in the previously segregated U.S. military.
The event featured the unveiling of a plaque in honor of Mr. Hayes, and a kiosk featuring historical information. Members of the Hayes family who gathered for the event participated in a “Walk in the Path of an American Hero” from the Legion Hall to the park. Led by a Color Guard, the walk included members of the Tuskegee Airmen Motorcycle Club.
A program at the park included family remembrances, song, and remarks by East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc and Congresswoman Stacy Plaskett (D- USVI), a Hayes family friend.
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