They were the first black pilots to fly during World War II and Saturday the story of the Tuskegee Airmen was told to local veterans in Belmont County.
Edward Morast, the president of Tuskegee Airmen Inc. Memorial Chapter out of Columbus spoke with members of the VFW Post 626 in Bellaire along with several other Belmont County veterans.
Morast spoke about the Airmen’s accomplishments and their importance during World War II but says their impact is still felt to this day.
“Today when we look back at what our history has been, we should be proud of that history but we should also be proud of the great improvements that we’ve made not only as a nation but as a people and as a country,” Morast says. “There’s no great country to live in than the United States of America.”
The Tuskegee Airmen Inc. also visited the Underground Railroad Museum in Flushing and shared stories with founder John Mattox, an Air Force veteran.