Journal submission are being accepted until 30 June. Early Bird rate for both journal and booth are extended until 30 June.
The Tournament of Roses Parade honored the Tuskegee Airmen with a float in the past. This year the Hugh J. White Chapter invites people to support the Women Airforce Service Pilots “WASP FLOAT PROJECT”. Information and donations can be made via: www.fifinella.com/rosedonate.htm
More information about the WASP and their role in WWII can be found in a visit to the WASP WWII Museum in Sweetwater, Texas. Special tours arranged by calling 325-235 0099, www.waspmuseum.org.
Original Tuskegee Airmen, Lt. Col. Leo Gray and Col. George Boyd have been chosen as 2013 Honorary Grand Marshals of the 136th Veiled Prophet Parade in St. Louis, MO, on Thursday, July 4, 2013.
William H. Macon, Jr., Grand Marshall of the 2013 Veiled Prophet Parade, stated that “It is a fitting tribute to have these two patriots, who helped break down military racial barriers, participate in our Independence Day parade where we celebrate the freedom and equality that makes this country great.”
The Independence Day parade, themed “It’s About Time,” will begin at 9:30 a.m. at 14th and Olive Streets and make its way through downtown on a new route that prominently features Washington Avenue. This St. Louis tradition will be broadcast live on local CBS television affiliate KMOV Channel 4 beginning at 10:00 a.m.
The special traveling Tuskegee Airmen display, “Rise Above,” will also be a feature during the day’s events. The exhibit encourages children to follow their dreams even in the face of adversity. In addition, a vintage World War II “Red Tail” P-51C Mustang will be featured in the Fair Saint Louis Air Show during the 4th of July weekend.
For more information, visit www.vpparade.org.
W – Enterprise
The above six high school graduates received the National Tuskegee Airmen, Inc 2013 scholarships. Each individual should be receiving a letter from National on how to claim their funds. National should also be in contact with the alternate. Congratulations for all your hard work. Congratulations also to the 24 other applicants that competed for selection for national competition.
Officers of the Heart of America and Hugh J. White Tuskegee Airmen Chapters were hosted by Salute to Veterans Corporation annual celebration in Columbia Missouri, Memorial Weekend 2013.
Around December 1988 Mrs. Mary McCleary Posner and Mr. Rodney Smith helped to established the Salute to Veterans celebration in Columbia, MO. The program has grown exponentially and this year celebrated its 25th anniversary. Mrs. Dana Morgenthaler served as Tuskegee Airmen excellent guide and host by providing daily schedules and logistical management. The Living History Speakers Bureau began the celebration with two speaking engagements, Rock Bridge Elementary School and the juvenile detention center.
UMB hosted a reception for the Tuskegee Airmen and WASP Pat Young. On Saturday May 26, 2013 members of the Hugh J. White and Heart of America Tuskegee Airmen Inc. Chapters were transported to CMA airfield Columbia, MO. On both days of the airshow members escorted by a group of bag pipers, and with the Heart of America Chapter banner held high, marched in the parade. Original Tuskegee Airmen Col Charles McGee participated in the parade as an honored home town hero.
Original Tuskegee Airman Col. Charles McGee received an invitation to fly in a P51. Several airshow attendees had their mementoes signed by Col. Charles McGee. Military artists Brandon Paxton and Kermit Dyer shared their artwork honoring the Tuskegee Airmen. Both donated prints to chapters. Yolandea Wood, Col. Jeff Curry, his wife and others canvassed the tarmac informing airshow visitors of the historical significance of the Tuskegee Airmen.
On Saturday chapter members and others attended a banquet at University of Missouri’s new basketball arena hosted by Mrs. Mary McCleary Posner. She emphasized the purpose of the banquet was to honor veterans and to raise funds to maintain the Salute to Veterans celebration in Columbia, MO. A Tuskegee Airmen picture that was purchased for over $1000 was donated to the Heart of America Kansas City, MO. TAI Chapter.
On Sunday May 26, 2013, the process began again, this time ending with a reception at Jack’s restaurant. On Monday May 27, 2013 designated chapter members were to be driven in the Memorial Day Parade by volunteers. However, the parade was cancelled due to possible inclement weather. However, all was not lost; we stopped by the Court house and took pictures. Some were with chapter members and others involved complete strangers as we stood by the array of ceremonial wreaths and other objects dedicated to our fallen heroes. The remnants of the crowd returning home, children in patriotic outfits, and reception by chapter members throughout the day reflected well on Columbia, MO. This is a town that honors its veterans and those who gave their lives to support freedom.
Local High School Students Receive Recognition
On 25 April 2013 Cadet 2nd Lts. Jacob Wilcox (L) and Marion Nobles received the Tuskegee Airmen Inc. AF JROTC Cadet Award from Hugh J. White Tuskegee Airmen member, Major Yolandea Wood, USAF (ret). Tuskegee Airmen Inc. sponsors the award which consists of a ribbon and a certificate and is presented annually to two cadets. The TAI AF JROTC cadet award is given to recognize superior performance of cadet duties and Corps participation. Much like the original Tuskegee Airman, cadets often achieve in spite of adverse circumstances. The Tuskegee Airmen demonstrated that hard work and perseverance are key elements to reach success in our democratic society.
The 2013 National Convention Hotel has been changed to Union Station DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.
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Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. (TAI) will hold its 42nd annual convention at the St. Louis Union Station DoubleTree Hotel from Wednesday, July 31 to Saturday, August 3, 2013.
Highlights of the convention include attendance by dozens of documented original Tuskegee Airmen (DOTAs) from around the country who were the first African American men and women trained by the U.S. Army Air Corps to fly and maintain combat aircraft during World War II. They held positions as pilots, navigators, bombardiers, mechanics, support staff, instructors, and other personnel.
The convention will also feature a special program to expose area youth to the historical accomplishments of Tuskegee Airmen and opportunities for future careers in the fields of aviation, aerospace, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
For more information about the organization and this year’s convention, visit the website at www.tuskegeeairmen.org.
Youth Aviation Seminar
The 2013 TAI Central Region Youth Aviation Seminar will be held in San Antonio, Texas from June 21-23, 2013.