By: KDKA-TV News Staff
SEWICKLEY (KDKA) – “Amazing Grace” closed out a wreath-laying ceremony on Sunday, honoring the sacrifices of the Tuskegee Airmen.READ MORE: Report: Attorneys For Christian Bey Want Certain Evidence Suppressed In Criminal Trial
Dozens of organizations, along with active and retired military members paid tribute at the memorial in Sewickley.
The airmen were the first African-American aviators to serve in the United States Armed Forces.READ MORE: Butler Transit Authority Stops Local Service Due To Driver Shortage
Some 100 airmen, including a woman, were from western Pennsylvania.
“They epitomize what being an American is about, without worrying of race, color, creed, religion,” said Robert Nichol, Eminent Commander of the Allegheny Commandery #35, Knights Templar Pennsylvania. “This day turns into a day where we all gather in a day of friendship, brotherhood, and fellowship.”MORE NEWS: Federal Judge Dismisses Some Of The Sexual Abuse Lawsuits Against Ohio State And Dr. Richard Strauss
The Tuskegee Airmen Memorial opened in September 2013.