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Tuskegee Community Honors Airmen as 'Red Tails' Scores at Box Office

Special to The Informer | 1/23/2012, 4:04 p.m.

Tuskegee Community Honors Airmen as 'Red Tails' Scores at Box Office

They are America's true heroes. The Tuskegee Airmen, whose legacy is recognized internationally for their heroism during World War II, will be honored during a proclamation ceremony by Governor Robert Bentley as the premier of the movie, "Red Tails", a George Lucas Film debuts nationally on January 20.

Friends of Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site. (FTANHS) has initiated a celebration, along with the National Park Service, City of Tuskegee, County of Macon, Macon County Chamber, Tuskegee University, Macon County School System, area churches and residents to salute the Tuskegee Airmen by "going red" on January 20 with red ribbons displayed throughout the community and everyone wearing red.

"Our very proud Tuskegee community will be wearing red in a show of solidarity and support for our Tuskegee Airmen," says FTANHS Board Chairman and Tuskegee native Col. (Retired) Palmer Sullins, Jr. "As the national movie debuts we salute our heroes for they are true American history."

Lucas Films will debut the national movie "Red Tails", starring Hollywood award-winning actors Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Terrence Howard. The movie showcases the heroics of the Tuskegee Airmen who flew more than 15,000 missions and 700 bomber escort missions while withstanding minimal losses to enemy fighters - a record unmatched by any other fighter group. The Tuskegee Airmen have a distinguished war record earning them over 1,000 individual awards and decorations as well as a Congressional gold medal.

The Tuskegee community planned a city-wide parade that day with marching bands, floats and a commemorative balloon release as part of the movie debut.

"As a Tuskegee native, I can honestly say many of us grew up with and have known the Airmen and their families all our lives. It is a distinct pleasure to join hands as a Tuskegee family to salute the contributions the Tuskegee Airmen made to win World War II," says Col. Sullins.

"These are true American heroes. It is important that America preserve the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen and their support personnel, as well as their flight instructor and my mentor C. Alfred 'Chief' Anderson. I encourage support of the legacy by becoming a member of the FTANHS, signing up to purchase a Friends of Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, Inc. specialty license plate and volunteering to assist the Nation Park Service at the site," says Sullins.

On November 6, 1998, Congress recognized the important contributions of these men and women by establishing the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site at Moton Field - the only primary flight training facility for African-American pilot candidates during World War II - as a unit of the National Park System. FTANHS, Inc., works together with the National Park Service to support the Site through mutually agreed upon projects, programs and activities including fundraising, and volunteer and community outreach activities.

Tuskegee natives Mr. William Childs, Tuskegee Airman Aircraft mechanic; Col. Herbert E. Carter, Tuskegee Airmen 99th Pursuit Squadron Fighter Pilot; and Mr. Booker Conley, Civilian Pilot Training Program trainee and Buffalo Soldier are the genesis for the organization.

For more information about FTANHS, Inc., visit: www.friendsoftuskegeeairmennhs.com or call 251-494-8382.