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Tuskeegee Airmen To Ride in Inaugural Parade, View Swearing In

tuskeegee-enlarge_2.thumbnail.jpgFor only the second time in their history, the famed and ground-breaking all-black World War II air squad, the Tuskeegee Airmen will participate in Inaugural events.  And it’s quite an upgrade from 60 years ago when 12 airmen from the airmen were limited to a flyby over the parade. At that time they were not allowed inside the completed segregated capitol (holy gods, that is so hideous; there are things about this country’s history that baffle and disgust me and move me to tears of rage and anguish).

But things have changed significantly, and Tuskeegee Airmen were a part of and a cause of that change: Their valiant efforts during the war–including shooting down 12 Nazi planes over Italy in two days–inspired President Truman to desegregate the US military in 1948.

Last year the group received the Congressional Gold Medal; the citation read in part:

Each one accepted the challenge, proudly displayed his skill and determination while suppressing internal rage from humiliation and indignation caused by frequent experiences of racism

On January 20, about 200 members of the airmen will attend the Inauguration, says retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Russ Davis, head of the nonprofit Tuskegee Airmen Inc. Transition sources told the New York Daily News that 1940s vintage cars also will be available to drive them in the parade to the White House, where they will take a salute from Obama after watching the swearing from upfront seats for all of them on the Capitol lawn.

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Tuskeegee Airmen To Ride in Inaugural Parade, View Swearing In

tuskeegee-enlarge_2.thumbnail.jpgFor only the second time in their history, the famed and ground-breaking all-black World War II air squad, the Tuskeegee Airmen will participate in Inaugural events.  And it’s quite an upgrade from 60 years ago when 12 airmen from the airmen were limited to a flyby over the parade. At that time they were not allowed inside the completed segregated capitol (holy gods, that is so hideous; there are things about this country’s history that baffle and disgust me and move me to tears of rage and anguish).

But things have changed significantly, and Tuskeegee Airmen were a part of and a cause of that change: Their valiant efforts during the war–including shooting down 12 Nazi planes over Italy in two days–inspired President Truman to desegregate the US military in 1948.

Last year the group received the Congressional Gold Medal; the citation read in part:

Each one accepted the challenge, proudly displayed his skill and determination while suppressing internal rage from humiliation and indignation caused by frequent experiences of racism

On January 20, about 200 members of the airmen will attend the Inauguration, says retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Russ Davis, head of the nonprofit Tuskegee Airmen Inc. Transition sources told the New York Daily News that 1940s vintage cars also will be available to drive them in the parade to the White House, where they will take a salute from Obama after watching the swearing from upfront seats for all of them on the Capitol lawn.

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.