Tuskegee Airman Robert Lawrence, of Santa Fe, N.M., waits for a group photo with fellow Tuskegee Airmen in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington prior to the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony honoring the airmen late last month. The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian award conferred by Congress, and the Tuskegee Airmen are the largest group ever to receive a collective award.
“Sixty years after your deeds of heroism, this recognition is long overdue. Thank you for serving our country, then and now. And thank you for leaving it better than you found it.”
—U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky
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