By: KDKA-TV News Staff

SEWICKLEY (KDKA) – “Amazing Grace” closed out a wreath-laying ceremony on Sunday, honoring the sacrifices of the Tuskegee Airmen.

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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.

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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.”

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The Tuskegee Airmen Memorial opened in September 2013.