Our sources at the New York Times told us that the famed Tuskegee Airmen have been invited to attend Obama’s inauguration next month. Ok, I’m making up the thing about having sources at the NY Times. Kelly read it today and sent me the link.
Anyway, it’s pretty cool. Former Detroit Mayor Coleman Young was a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, if my memory serves me correctly.
The Tuskegee Airmen were an all-black and elite unit of pilots who fought bravely in WWII, despite being subjected to racism at home before and after their devoted service to our country. Similar situation to the Japanese-American 442nd that the DIFF wrote about last year.
Here’s more from the NY Times about the Tuskegee Airmen being invited to the inauguration:
When the Tuskegee Airmen, the all-black force of elite pilots, emerged from combat in World War II, they faced as much discrimination as they had before the war. It was not until six decades later that their valor was recognized and they received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor Congress can give.
William M. Wheeler, a Tuskegee fighter pilot and recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal, speaking in the Bronx.
Now, the roughly 330 pilots and members of the ground crew who are left from about 16,000 who served are receiving another honor that has surpassed their dreams: They are being invited to watch the inauguration of Barack Obama as the country’s first black president.
“I didn’t believe I’d live long enough to see something like this,” said Lt. Col. Charles A. Lane Jr., 83, of Omaha, a retired Tuskegee fighter pilot who flew missions over Italy.
Congratulations to the Tuskegee Airmen for getting the recognition they deserved and for being able to attend an event many thought they would never see with their own eyes.