Remembering Lt. Frank Luke Jr.

Photo courtesy city of Glendale
Retired Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, former wing commander at Luke Air Force Base and Supreme Allied Commander Europe and the Commander of U.S. European Command; Tolleson Mayor Anna Tovar; Murvaux, France, Mayor M. Dominique Gattuson; Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers; and Fighter Country Partnership Board of Directors Chairman Rick Hearn stand in front of the memorial during a 100th anniversary commemoration of the day Lt. Frank Luke Jr. died as a result of his plane being shot down during World War I.

Sept. 29, 2018, marked the 100th Anniversary of the day Lt. Frank Luke Jr.’s plane was shot out of the sky as he attacked German observation balloons during World War I, and he was mortally wounded in a gun battle after exiting his plane.

Mayor Jerry Weiers represented the city of Glendale at a commemoration ceremony near Murvaux, France, to remember the legacy of Arizona’s most revered and courageous airman. The event was organized by Fighter Country Partnership.

“It really was quite a moving experience because the entire village attended the event to show their appreciation for Lt. Luke and America’s involvement and sacrifices in World War I,” Weiers said. “The mayor of Murvaux told me that was his best day ever as mayor of the village.”

Weiers issued an official city proclamation as a day of remembrance. He laid a wreath at the gravesite of Lt. Frank Luke Jr. at Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, France, on behalf of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, on which he serves.

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