ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African American pilots to help with the US effort during WWII. Only a few are still living, and one of them is sharing his incredible story here in Rockford, of staying alive during the war while overcoming racial inequality.
As part of Black History Month, ten WWII Veteran's shared their story at Veteran's Memorial Hall. The men not only were they fighting for US freedom, but they also fought for racial equality, proving they could do everything white soldiers did. Event organizers say many of these veterans are passing away and it's important to hear their stories while they're still alive.
"We used to have several Tuskegee Airmen but now we're down to just one. Unfortunately, most of the others have passed on and they're unable to travel, but we were able to get the one gentleman here this year," says Veteran Michael Johnson who helped organize the event.
The Veteran's also signed autographs after today's event.