‘Red Tails’ WWII airmen plan reunion in NY

Maj. L. Anderson, 88, of Washington, an original Tuskegee Airman, hold his Congressional Gold Medal after being presented with the medal in a ceremony at the African American Civil War Museum in Washington, Monday Nov. 11, 2013. Two of the original Tuskegee Airmen joined District of Columbia leaders for a Veterans Day wreath-laying ceremony. Washington residents William Fauntroy Jr. and Anderson were honored. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C. presented Anderson with the Tuskegee Airmen's Congressional Gold Medal.

Credit: AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin
Maj. L. Anderson, 88, of Washington, an original Tuskegee Airman, hold his Congressional Gold Medal after being presented with the medal in a ceremony at the African American Civil War Museum in Washington, Monday Nov. 11, 2013. Two of the original Tuskegee Airmen joined District of Columbia leaders for a Veterans Day wreath-laying ceremony. Washington residents William Fauntroy Jr. and Anderson were honored. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C. presented Anderson with the Tuskegee Airmen's Congressional Gold Medal. Credit: AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

BIG FLATS, N.Y. (AP) — Some of the last surviving members of the original Tuskegee Airmen are planning to hold a reunion at an upstate New York aviation museum over Memorial Day weekend.

The Star-Gazette reports that six Tuskegee Airmen have been confirmed as guests for the event being held May 24 at the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center outside Elmira.

The Tuskegee Airmen were the first black aviators in the U.S. military. They enlisted in the Army Air Corps during the Second World War and trained in Tuskegee, Ala. They went on to become one of the war’s most respected fighter squadrons.

The reunion is called “Return of the Red Tails,” the squadron’s nickname because the tails of their fighter planes were painted red.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Roscoe Brown Jr., a Red Tail squadron commander.

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