My father, Clarence Dart,Lt.Col.(Ret.) is an original member of the Tuskegee Airmen. His class was 43J. Finally on March 29, he along with many of his fellow Tuskegee Airmen will be honored with the Congessional Gold Medal.
Over the past few years, during Black History Month, my father has spoken at many of the area schools in the Capital District here in New York State, Syracuse University, and many Civic Organizations. This year however, due to some recent health issues, he had to decline many invitations. So for me this ceremony could not have come at a better time.
Even with all the obstacles my father faced, he managed to stay very humble about his accomplishments. I did not realize what he had done until my father went to the first reunion of the Tuskegee Airmen when I was 16. Since then, I, along with several of my family members attended the Tuskegee Airmen Convention in Washington,DC, in 1998. I got to meet several of my father's friends and learn even more. Unfortunately, at least two of my father's good friends have passed since then and for that I am saddened that they will not get a chance to particpate in this most prestigious honor.
Along with my mother, 6 sisters, 1 brother, in-laws, and 7neices and nephews, I will proudly be standing by my father as he and his fellow Tuskegee Airmen are honored.
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