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Kentucky recognizes 75 years since founding of Tuskegee Airmen

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Frank Weaver, member of the Tuskegee Airmen Frank Weaver, member of the Tuskegee Airmen

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- In an effort to mark 75 years since the founding of the Tuskegee Airmen, Kentucky lawmakers are recognizing them today.

A meet-and-greet was held for the group this morning.

Resolutions in both the Kentucky House and Senate will be introduced and passed this afternoon.

The Tuskegee Airmen were a group of African-American men who protected bombers on their missions over Germany and other enemy areas during World War II.

Members of the Tuskegee Airmen of Kentucky were at Tuesday's ceremonies, including Documented Official Tuskegee Airman Frank Weaver of Louisville.

During World War II, nearly all black pilots were trained at Tuskegee Army Air Field as a so-called experiment. But they proved to everyone how successful they were. They flew more than 1200 missions, yet still came home to face discrimination. 

"We was called in to do a job and we just didn't think about anything about being black or whatever," said Frank Weaver, one of the airmen. "We just went to serve our country." They are famous for the bright red tails and protecting bombers on their missions over Germany and other enemy areas.

The recognition of the 75th anniversary of the Tuskegee Airmen's founding is the first event associated with the "Spirit of '45" commemoration.

They will be honored again with a salute during thunder over Louisville, which you can watch on WDRB-TV.

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