NASSAU COUNTY HONORING AFRICAN AMERICAN PILOTS OF WORLD WAR II WITH THE RENAMING OF ROADWAY TO "TUSKEGEE AIRMEN WAY"
(Mineola, NY) Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell
joined Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and other area officials
in a ceremony honoring African American pilots of World War II by
renaming a portion of Oak Street between Commercial Avenue and Hempstead
Turnpike into “Tuskegee Airmen Way.”
The Tuskegee Airmen were an elite group of
pilots in the 1940s. They
were pioneers in equality and integration of the Armed Forces. The
term “Tuskegee Airmen” refers to all who were involved
in the Army Air Corps program to train African Americans to fly and
maintain combat aircraft. The Tuskegee Airmen included pilots,
navigators, bombardiers, maintenance and support staff, instructors,
and all personnel who kept the planes in the air.
Community residents joined Veterans, military personnel
and area officials to commemorate this historic occasion.
Pictured Tuskegee Airmen William Johnson, Audley Coulthurst and Julius Freeman are joined by area officials for the street renaming