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President George Bush awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to Tuskegee Airmen 2007. Photo courtesy of the White House. Public domain.

This Saturday, November 12, 2016 will be the celebration dinner for the 75th anniversary of the Macon-Thomas Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen Inc. The Tuskegee Airmen were one of the most acclaimed fighting groups of WWII. Before World War II, African Americans were not allowed to fly for the U.S. military. Many found this disturbing, and under the tutelage of Booker T. Washington, an already well known and respected educator, the Tuskegee Institute was started. The Institute was started as part of a project dubbed the "Tuskegee Experience." According to TuskegeeAirmen.org, the "'Tuskegee Airmen' refers to all who were involved in the so-called 'Tuskegee Experience,' the Army Air Corps program to train African Americans to fly and maintain combat aircraft. The Tuskegee Airmen included pilots, navigators, bombardiers, maintenance and support staff, instructors, and all the personnel who kept the planes in the air." There are very interesting papers on their website that tell the remarkable story of the accomplishments of this group. One entitled the "112 Victories" was updated by Dr. Daniel L. Haulman, Air Force Historical Research Agency in a paper dated 17 January 2008. It is an interesting paper outlining the victories and accomplishments of the African American flyers and their support teams during World War II. There are several other compelling papers in this same section for anyone wanting to learn more about this topic.

The Tuskegee Airmen "overcame segregation and prejudice to become one of the most highly respected fighter groups of World War II. Their achievements, together with the men and women who supported them, paved the way for full integration of the U.S. military."

On November 6, 1988, President William Clinton approved the establishment of the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site at Moton Field in Alabama. This site is now administered by the National Park Service. Please visit their site to learn more. In 2007 President George W. Bush awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to the Tuskegee Airmen, for their service and contribution to our country, even though many people turned their heads and refused to accept that it was possible. To read the press release from President Bush's ceremony, please see Army.mil.

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Salute our Veterans!

November 11th honors all Americans who have served in the U.S. military, during both wartime and peacetime. Be sure to fly the US flag all day in honor of our service men and women! Glendale Parade Store will be closed on Friday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day.

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A Glendale birthday salute to the U.S. Marine Corps which turns 241 years young on November 10th.

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