Better late than never, I suppose …

October 11, 2008 at 11:29 pm 1 comment


Only took 63 years or so but officials finally, officially, realized and recognized just what, exactly, the Tuskegee Airmen did for the United States. Well, in the pathetically late-to-the-party way Alabama lawmakers typically do … but I digress …

Good things DO come to those who wait … and wait … and wait.

Thousands of people from across the country attended the opening ceremony Friday afternoon at Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama.

The Tuskegee Airmen had their beginning here at Moton Field and dared to make a difference,” the Rev. William C. Lennard said. “They did it for God, for themselves and for every citizen of the United States of America. Their persistence, dedication and fortitude enabled them to overcome all manner of challenges.”

The airmen fought Adolf Hitler overseas and Jim Crow on American soil, being degraded as second-class citizens and watching as German prisoners of war were treated better than them.

Don’t look for snark here today, folks. This is a good, WAY longass overdue not-as-good-as-they-deserved-tribute to a class of people who completely outclassed everyone else in their day!

If you don’t know about the Tuskegee Airmen — shame on you.

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That’ll teach her! Be not afraid

1 Comment

  • 1. Type Writer  |  October 15, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Hear, hear. Every time the HBO movie is on, I always stop and watch it, and I probably cry every time too. I’ve also seen interview clips with the real Tuskegee Airmen on PBS and they always seem like classy guys. It would be so easy for them to dog out all the people who were biased against them (and who would blame them?) but they take the high road every time. Could they have subconsciously supplied the personality template for your boyfriend’s campaign personality?

    I’m hoping the Tuskegee Airmen spirit carries through the debate tonight, because there is potential for some mudslinging (you know, desperate times call for desperate measures, and Republicans would rather talk about anything other than the fact they’ve screwed every aspect of the U.S. economy. You’re doing a heckuva job, Bushie)

    TW



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