This Saturday the City of Orlando will honor the courageous men and women of our armed forces at the 14th annual Orlando Veterans Day Parade in Downtown Orlando.
The parade will kick off with a tribute to those who have fought for our country and defended our freedom. This year, the parade will also pay tribute to the Red Tail Pilots of the Tuskegee Airmen.
As part of the City’s recognition of the Tuskegee Airmen, the City is unveiling a Red Tail Monument in front of the Orlando Science Center on Monday morning.
The 332nd Tuskegee Airmen Fighter Group, known as the Red Tails, was the first African-American Air Corps in World War II. They were considered an elite group of fighter pilots that were sent to various bases in Europe and earned an impressive combat record as flying escorts for the United States bombers. The Allies called these airmen “Red Tails” or “Red-Tail Angels” because of the distinctive crimson paint predominantly applied on the tail section of their aircraft.
Four surviving Red Tail pilots will be this year’s grand marshals for the parade.
The parade begins at 11 a.m.
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The Orlando Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra will also play a Salute to Veterans at the Cornerstone Auditorium in Belle Isle.
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