Tuskegee Airmen honored for the 78th year
The Air Force Academy paid tribute the Tuskegee Airmen with their annual wreath laying ceremony.
Tuskegee Airmen are recognized for their historical milestone for diversity in the Air Force during World War II. They were the first African-American aviators to serve during that war.
All men involved in the Army Air Corps program trained the Tuskegee Airmen to fly and maintain combat aircraft.
Tuskegee Airmen flew over seas in areas like North Africa and Europe. They flew fighters on ground attack and bomber escort missions.
Over 100 Tuskegee Airmen lost their lives in training or in combat flights.
One of the original airmen, Frank Macon, is from Colorado Springs. He joined in on the ceremony.
Macon tells 11 News he never flew over seas but was proud to be part of the group.
“We never thought of it as we do now as a great big wonderful experience and never even thought about that. We just wanted to fly airplanes, that’s all," said Macon.
The Air Force Academy holds this ceremony each year. They honor the group by laying a wreath at the feet of a statue of a Tuskegee Airmen which sits in one of the campus courtyards.