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D.C. to Honor 2 Tuskegee Airmen for Veterans Day

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WASHINGTON — The District of Columbia is honoring two of the original Tuskegee Airmen with the Congressional Gold Medal for Veterans Day.

Washington Mayor Vincent Gray and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton will commemorate the Veterans Day holiday Monday by laying a wreath at the African American Civil War Memorial. A commemoration will follow for two Tuskegee Airmen who are D.C. residents at the African American Civil War Museum.

Norton is honoring Major Louis Anderson and William Fauntroy Jr. She will present the congressional medal to Anderson because the honor has been expanded to the ground crew and all original members of the Tuskegee Airmen. Fauntroy was recognized in a 2007 ceremony where the Tuskegee Airman received the honor.

The Tuskegee Airmen were a group of African-American pilots in World War II.

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