Tuskegee Air Women

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Tuskegee Air Women

Reflections on their contributions to American history and culture

In commemoration of Veterans Day 2014, Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen will reflect on the contributions of Tuskegee Air Women to American history and culture.

Veterans Day originated in November 1919. The signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919 ended World War I. On Nov. 11, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the day as the first celebration of the "war to end all wars." He envisioned the citizenry through parades and other ceremonies paying tribute to the soldiers who died in the "Great War" and provided Americans with peace and justice.

Nineteen years later on May 13, 1938, Congress approved Nov. 11 of each year as a legal holiday. Initially, the federal body officially named it Armistice Day. However, on June 1, 1954, Congress inserted the word Veterans in place of Armistice in the law's title.

On Oct. 8, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first "Veterans Day" Proclamation. Since then, Nov. 11 has become the occasion to honor American veterans of all wars for service to their country.

On Saturday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m., Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen will focus on the role of women. During World War II, Tuskegee Air Women were among the 14,000 support personnel that took part in the Army Air Corps Program that started in Tusekegee, Alabama in 1940 and lasted until 1946. Only a few women were pilots. The vast majority of females served as weather forecasters, aerial photography analysts, radio operators and cryptographers among other significant occupations.

You do not want to miss this educational event that includes meeting in person Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen.