Memorial Day weekend activities at the Venice Beach Recreation Center will include a tribute to five original members of the Tuskegee Airmen Monday, May 28.
The group of “designated original Tuskegee Airmen” (DOTAs) will be honored for their heroic contribution during World War II with proclamations presented by state Sen. Ted Lieu, Assemblywoman Betsy Butler, and Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl.
The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American military aviators in the United States armed forces that served during WW II.
Memorial Day weekend festivities will kick off at Muscle Beach Venice with the “RAW” Bench Press event, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 26. The Sumo Classic event is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
On Sunday, May 27, the “Rumble in Venice” amateur boxing event will be held from 1 to 6 p.m., with bouts sanctioned by USA Boxing. The competition matches members of different military branches, National Collegiate Boxing Association institutions (including USC and UCLA), and USA Boxing affiliated clubs. Live entertainment will also be provided by Flight2Dalight.
In addition to the Tuskegee Airmen tribute, Memorial Day, May 28, activities will feature the Muscle Beach International Classic & Armed Forces Championship bodybuilding, figure, and bikini contests, which is open to all amateur athletes.
In conjunction with this will be the “Battle of the Branches” Armed Forces Bodybuilding Championships, which is open to all active, reserve, National Guard, and retired armed forces personnel. Prejudging for both competitions will begin at 10 a.m., with the finals at 1 p.m.
The March Air Force Base will conduct a C-17 flyover during the national anthem at 1 p.m.
Representatives of military branches will also have recruitment booths and static displays, and vendors from the health and fitness industry will be on hand with information and giveaways all three days.
Admission to all holiday weekend events is free and open to the public.
Information, (310) 399-2775.