Cramming into veteran's
memorial hall residents and former military alike gathered Saturday for a
chance to meet two of the original Tuskegee
airmen. The first African Americans ever to fly in the military, and pioneers
in the civil rights movement. and while
both men spoke at length their message was simple. Airmen Virgil Poole
told the audience ".there is nothing you cant do if you try hard
enough--but one thing i want you to keep in your mind--stop trying to fight for
equality--it was god given to you .."
admit however, equality was exactly what they were denied, often given inadequate
equipment or left out of missions entirely. But despite going without their due credit for
says he always considered himself lucky telling us "... I'm the
grandson of a slave and I've been granted the privilege to live 92 years."92
years well lived
Event organizer Leah Nelson describes the
experience of being in the same room as the airmen as breathtaking. Telling us,
its not everyday you get to meet real American heroes ".These gentlemen
have changed so much for the better for us-- they stepped up and did the job."
A job the airmen
say they'd gladly do again.