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Today’s program pays tribute to the countless men and women who have served in the US Armed Forces from our Revolutionary past through Iraq and Afghanistan. First observed at the close of World War 1 on November 11, 1919, Veterans Day is the public recognition of honoring those who served their country in times of peace and war.
Joining us on today’s show is Vietnam Veteran Haywood Fennell, Sr. a multi-talented community leader in the Boston area. He will share his own personal military story and will discuss the upcoming African American Art Exhibit and upcoming opening of the Veterans Education and Research Center in Worcester, Massachusetts.
We’ll also pay tribute to the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, including men like Second Lieutenant Wilson Albert Copeland, my late father, who served as a Tuskegee Airman from 1941 to 1946. A new film, Double Victory, debuts at the University of Massachusetts - Boston about the Tuskegee Airmen, hosted by Chancellor Keith J. Motley and Oscar winning actor Cuba Gooding, Jr.
About Veterans Day:
World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”
In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"
Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
About The Tuskegee Airmen:
Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. (TAI) is a non-profit organization with 55 chapters nationwide dedicated to:
1. Honoring the accomplishments and perpetuating the history of African-Americans who participated in air crew, ground crew and operations support training in the Army Air Corps during WWII.
2. Introducing young people across the nation to the world of aviation and science through local and national programs such as Young Eagles nd TAI youth programs and activities. 3. Providing annual scholarships and awards to deserving individuals, groups and corporations whose deeds lend support to TAI's goals. TAI also gives awards to deserving cadets in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps.
For more information, visit their website atwww.tuskegeeairmen.org.
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