Tuskegee Airmen at Memorial Hall Feb. 27-28
From press release
In celebration of Black History Month, members of the Tuskegee Airmen—who enlisted during World War II to become America’s first black military airmen—will be at Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St., Rockford, from 1 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 27-28. An opening reception will be at 1:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26.
Dr. Welton Taylor and Lt. Col Julius Jackson, two of the original Tuskegee Airmen, along with new-generation members Melvin Kuazze, Rob Strickland, and Victor Croswell, will be present at the two-day event. Doors open at 12:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.
Admission is $5 for adults and free to children. Donations are accepted.
Despite their distinguished service in World War II, upon returning to the United States, many of the Tuskegee Airmen tragically experienced social isolation and a steady stream of racial bias and discrimination at home. March 29, 2007, more than 300 Tuskegee Airmen and their widows were collectively awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President George W. Bush at a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol rotunda.
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