The first African-American military airmen are being honored for their service.
The Tuskegee Airmen were subject to racial discrimination, both within and outside the army when they served during World War II.
Tuskegee Airman Elvin Thomas is participating in a special event at the Alamo Drafthouse with two screenings of the movie, Red Tails. It's a movie all about the Tuskegee Airmen. One of the few men who served and is still alive is attended the event.
His name is Elvin Thomas and he arrived in a limo. He was greeted by veterans and walked into the theater on a red carpet. He was one of only a few men who was a member of the Tuskegee Airmen from the beginning to the end.
TV3's Alyssa Raymond was able to catch up with him before he went in to see the movie to ask him a few questions.
Q: What does it mean to you to be here tonight and be recognized for your service?
A: I really feel blessed that God is looking over me and rewarding me and trying to be a good person.
Q: What is the greatest memory you have of this time?
A: I think when I was overseas and they went out for the first trip and they found the enemy destroyer and circling over and shooting at you and then they finally blew it up. The fighter planes did.
Q: What do you think about the recognition you're finally receiving now that people are beginning to recognize and give you the credit you deserve. How does that make you feel?
A: It makes me feel good. It's been worth the time. God's been blessing me. I'm going on 93.
The showing of the movie tonight is a huge success. Tickets for the first screening completely sold out.
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