Sparks (KRNV & Mynews4.com) -- Northern Nevada welcomed three of the surviving World War II Tuskegee Airmen to the area on Saturday afternoon (March 1st).
The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American pilots in the military. After overcoming prejudice and segregation within the military, the Airmen were able to serve their country and receive honors as one of WWII’s most highly respected fighter groups. Their service influenced the U.S. military to fully integrate and allow African-American’s to rightfully fight for their country.
John Ascuaga’s Nugget hosted The Tuskegee Airmen Organization’s Western Region Conference. As Reno gears up to start their own organization chapter, the three original Airmen and conference guests of honor, Robert Ashby, Theodore Lumpkin, and Buford Johnson signed shirts, books, and other memorabilia for locals and visitors.
Those in attendance also received a once in a lifetime chance to hear the stories of The Tuskegee Airmen right from the source: the Airmen themselves.
Organizers of the event say they are opening a local chapter to continue educating our community on the history of the Airmen, but also to remind our youth that they too can create such a legacy.
One attendee from Reno said she supports the new local Airmen chapter because they will provide scholarships and other resources for Northern Nevada students.
During the Western Region Conference, the surviving Airmen, and organization members also visited the Reno VA Hospital, and Traner Middle School.
Robert, Theodore, and Buford want people to know that the most important part of their legacy is that the Tuskegee Airmen helped all people, and not just one group. Their greatest goal now, is to continue that legacy by contributing to the improvement of the U.S. and beyond.
To learn more about the Tuskegee Airmen’s history and their Reno chapter, you can visit http://tuskegeeairmen.org/