Windows On The World
Program To Honor Servicemen Of World War II
The public is invited to honor our war veterans on Friday, February 13.
Myron A. Wilson of Aurora will show a movie, entitled “The Tuskegee Airmen,” at 6:30 p.m. in the Hondius Room of the public library. Wilson will display his father’s World War II photographs and memorabilia. During the program, WW II servicemen in the audience will receive special recognition.
Nearly 1,000 African-Americans were trained as fighter pilots for World War II. Mr. Wilson’s father was one of only 334 Tuskegee Airman who were chosen to serve in active combat. On March 29, 2007, Tuskegee Airmen were honored at a ceremony in the nation’s Capitol Rotunda. Congressional Gold Medals of Honor were awarded to the remaining Tuskegee Airmen and to the families of those who died honorably.
The Tuskegee aviation program was formed under social pressure after the NAACP filed a lawsuit, on behalf of a student at Howard University, who was denied acceptance into a U.S. military program to train pilots.
Before he was trained at Tuskegee, Myron Wilson, Sr. was accepted at MIT but couldn’t afford the tuition. Scholarships were not given to African-Americans applying to MIT so he enrolled in the mechanical engineering program at the University of Illinois. When Mr. Wilson placed third in the Air Force exams, he was accepted into flight school at Tuskegee and became an experienced mechanic and pilot. During the war, Mr. Wilson and two other flyers were never given credit for piloting the first fighter jet in World War II. When these “heroes” returned to the states only to face racial prejudice, discrimination and unemployment.
This program is one in the series, “Windows On The World,” sponsored by the Baha’i Faith of the Estes Valley. The Baha’i Faith is the second fastest growing religion in the world and promotes the oneness of religions and the oneness of mankind.