Ceremony in Honor of Tuskegee Airmen
A Tuskegee Airmen and hero, Colonel Lawrence E. Robert’s name is in the hearts of many, especially those who were at a ceremony in Gulfport today.
Roberts was a legacy of the first African-American military aviators in the United States Armed Forces. A ceremony to unveil an honorary bust made to memorialize his life and service to the Air Force was held at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport.
The Tuskegee Airmen’s son, Lawrence E. Robert Jr., tells News 25 that when World War II broke out, his father didn’t hesitate to put his life on hold to help our country. “There’s no guarantee, there’s no certainty that you’re going to be successful, that you’re going to pass the program, that you’re going to be able to fly. There are a lot of uncertainties there. He embraced all of those uncertainties and as a result, he found his path and his true calling in life which was to be a pilot. He loved flying and later on he was able to teach flying, to pass that joy and that teaching along to others was very important to him.”
His family, city officials and members of the U.S. Air Force spoke at the ceremony.