Salute - Tuskegee Airman
20 x 16
Oil on Raymar Panel
This painting continues my "Salute" series. I honor veterans of our services...these men and women dedicated their lives to assure our country's freedom. Assurance that they are not forgotten is paramount. I often walk around the World War II Memorial in Washington DC and meet many members of the Honor Flights. Honor Flights bring veterans to see the World War II memorial at no expense to the vets. The flight is donated and volunteers make sure the veterans, many of whom are in wheel chairs, get around. When I talk to the veterans you can see the pride in their eyes. When I ask them to salute I can see the young man emerging from the old. Their back straightens, their head tilts up and that twinkle of a youthful service member shines in their eyes. They are transported to the feeling that they are invincible...they are once again the superman/woman that defended our freedom. They made a difference in our lives.
You can read more about the Tuskegee Airman here. These Airmen were an amazing group of primarily African American service members who were trained as pilots, navigators, maintenance staff, instructors and any support that kept the aircraft flying. A group that was not recognized until recently. Thankfully, now, they are being recognized for their enormous contribution to our freedom.