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Tuskegee Airmen justly honored once again

Lt. Col. Harry T. Stewart Jr., who shot down German planes as a fighter pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen during WWII, climbs into a car at the start of the Memorial Day Parade, Washington, D.C., May 29, 2017.

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By THE FREE PRESS (MANKATO, MINN. / TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE) Published: July 15, 2017

Thumbs up to the Waseca County Free Fair, which this week provided a platform for two surviving members of the fabled Tuskegee Airmen squadron to tell their remarkable stories.

The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American military aviators in the United States Armed Forces. The American military was racially segregated during World War II, as was much of the nation.

The Tuskegee Airmen were subjected to discrimination, both within and outside the Army, and, of course, after returning to civilian life. But despite the obstacles and doubts, they performed admirably, and their sterling record helped lead to the integration of the American military.

Their story is an important part of the civil rights movement. Their accomplishments not only helped the United States win the war; their example helped change and improve the nation. They deserve the recognition and honor they received this week at the fair, and more.

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