HARRISON TWP. (WWJ/AP) – Selfridge Air National Guard Base plans to mark its 100th anniversary in August 2017 with an air show featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.

The appearance is planned as part of the 2017 Selfridge Open House, which will celebrate the heritage of the base in Macomb County’s Harrison Township. It takes place Aug. 19-20.

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The 127th Wing says the air show will include a variety of current and historical aircraft. It mark the first return visit of the Thunderbirds to Selfridge since 2009.

The Selfridge base was established July 1, 1917 amid World War I. Since that time, thousands of Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and Homeland Security agents and other public servants assigned to the base have been part of a proud heritage of service to state and nation.

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Additional events to mark the centennial will be announced later this year. They’re expected to include ceremonies, a museum display and the publishing of a book.

Past Selfridge Open Houses have drawn in excess of 200,000 visitors and a similar large turn-out is expected in 2017.

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