MARKHAM – February 20, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today joined local leaders to dedicate the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Trail, which honors the fighter group’s valiant service to the United States during World War II. Presented to the Chicago “DODO” Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, this dedication celebrates the Airmen’s commitment to our country and important place in black history. State Representative Marlow H. Colvin (D-Chicago), State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago), Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider and Markham Mayor David Webb joined Governor Quinn in commemorating the Tuskegee Airmen’s achievements.
“As Illinois observes Black History Month, I am proud to honor these men as an important part of Black history and American history,” Governor Quinn said. “It is important to recognize our men and women who sacrificed to so much defend our rights. Their service to our country will always be remembered."
Formally known as the 332nd Fighter Group, the Tuskegee Airmen were the first group of black pilots to ever fly for the U.S. military. Overcoming prejudice and discrimination, this elite group played an integral role in the Allied victory in World War II. The unit flew more than 15,000 combat sorties for more than 1500 missions and by the end of the war had earned more than 900 citations, including 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses. Today, the Tuskegee Airmen continue to serve our country as an organization working to provide youth with education opportunities.
Pursuant to House Resolution 28, sponsored by Rep. Marlowe Colvin (D-Chicago), the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Trail will be the stretch of Interstate 57 between Exit 339 at Sauk Trail Road and Exit 358 at Wentworth Avenue in Chicago. IDOT will place signs at these points to mark the historic trail.
Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Trail (House Joint Resolution)