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(All photos by Mim Bizic)
Too many wonderful events that have taken place sometimes escape us in today's fast-paced world. I couldn't let that happen as this was truly a memorable event. I'm posting my photos here to help capture the excitement of the day....Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 2:00 PM. It is the largest such memorial in the country.
The memorial serves as an educational tool and a commemorative project that brought an entire community together for this historic moment.
Almost 100 Tuskegee Airmen hailed from Western Pennsylvania, and thanks to Regis Bobonis, many stories from the airmen were saved.
The following narrative is best told in these historic photographs, beginning with the bus ride from Edgeworth Elementary School to the Sewickley Cemetery and back, with awe-inspiring photos in between! Even boarding the bus was an adventure, meeting a former student on board. "Hey, Mrs. BIzic!" <3
Shuttle buses ran from all of QV's schools... with happy volunteers making sure all had a great time and could arrive safely!
This photographer worked hard all day, as did the young Seabee volunteers, looking so sharp in their uniforms!
So happy he was able to make it!True historians.....
Almost 500 people were in attendance.
This fellow brought along his G.I. Joe Tuskegee Airman Hero to be signed. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Other events included the Pittsburgh Gospel Choir which gave such a rousing performance at the Sewickley Methodist Church.
Dr. Herbert V.R.P. Jones, Director of the incredible Pittsburgh Gospel Choir and the author/photographer, Mim Bizic.
This family made the concert possible. Thank you from all of us!
We were so proud of the incredible display!
So happy to be "with" the Higginbothams again!
Line-up of Tuskegee Airmen from across the USA for this memorable week-end.
Unveiling the main monument: To view a larger image of these photos, just click the lower right hand corner of each photo.
" This monument memorializes and celebrates the legacy of these men and women who fought courageously to defend our freedom and the civil rights for African Americans”, said John Dioguardi of Rome Monument. “Working on this project has educated me on the heroic actions of the soldiers who hailed from Western Pennsylvania and excelled in combat while facing prejudice & discrimination”, Dioguardi continued.
"The memorial was designed by Rome Monument and Solomon Architecture & Design Group. Construction of the monument was completed by Satira Construction. Bronze plaques were created by Pittsburgh-based Matthews International. Funding for the $300,000 memorial is made possible, in part, by a grant from Allegheny County, individual and organizational contributions and fundraisers. Additional in-kind support was provided by the Sewickley Cemetery, Rome Monument, Solomon Architecture & Design, Satira Construction, gardeners Christine Allen & Cindy Neitz and the Borough of Sewickley."
The famous Higginbotham men, father and son., both enjoying VERY successful careers after the elder's days at Sewickley (now Quaker Valley) and being a Tuskegee World War II hero! In 2007, Dr. Robert Higginbotham received a Congressional Medal of Honor with the other Tuskegee airmen.
TWIN BROTHERS FROM SEWICKLEY:
So proud of his wonderful achievements for America!
She came from Beaver, PA.
Hopping back on the Q.V. bus...Rest in Peace!
Story by Larissa Dudkiewicz of the Patch Staff, reported on September 16, 2013 at 9:27 am.
Kristina Serafini wrote this story for TRIB LIVE, relating how much the 500 people in attendance enjoyed the event.
Here's WTAE's TV coverage of the event:
We had books about this famous General in our Edgeworth Elementary School Library!
Read more about the Pgh. International Airport display in this story by Torsten Ove, for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: