NRD Los Angeles Sailors Honor Tuskegee Airmen

Story Number: NNS120131-30Release Date: 1/31/2012 9:46:00 PM
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By Engineman 2nd (SW) Jonathon N. Hernandez, Navy Recruiting District Los Angeles Public Affairs

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (NNS) -- Sailors from Navy Recruiting District Los Angeles along with members of Naval Personnel Command's Diversity Directorate attended an art exhibit honoring the Tuskegee Airmen in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Jan. 15.

During the exhibition, local artist Greg "The Glassman" Holder unveiled a glass sculpture depicting portraits of members of the famed unit.

John A. Riley, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, served as the event's guest of honor.

Navy Counselor 1st Class Thomas Cunningham, Navy Recruiting Station Whittier's leading petty officer, recognized Riley and the groups' contribution to help integrate the services.

"They faced so many obstacles and every time they were told they weren't good enough to do something, they proved the doubters wrong," said Cunningham.

The artwork's unveiling was one of many ceremonies held in conjunction with the opening of the World War II feature film, Red Tails.

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