The Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Foundation (TASF) celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen on Friday, December 2, 2016 at 5 p.m. at Bob Hope Patriotic Hall, 1816 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015. Parking is complimentary.

TASF, a nonprofit, will host the event with original Tuskegee Airmen, Olympians, media, elected officials, educators, students and community leaders in attendance. The VIP reception will mark the 75th anniversary, a milestone, of the Tuskegee Airmen Experience when against all odds they defied negative stereotypes that others placed on them and proved that dedication and commitment are the true characteristics of success and not race. The Tuskegee Airmen became one of the most decorated military groups in the history of the Army Air Corps.

“The Tuskegee Airmen are not just black heroes, they are American heroes, American patriots,” said Edward Grice, Executive Director for TASF. “They fought gallantly for the ideals of freedom and demonstrated outstanding courage and valor in the face of unbeatable odds.” Several of the original Tuskegee Airmen are still living.

The Tuskegee Airmen Experience began with the first aviation class of 13 cadets on July 19, 1941. From 1941 to 1946, approximately 1,000 pilots graduated. The Tuskegee Airmen served the Army Air Corps earning them 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 744 Air Medals, 31 Purple Hearts, 14 Bronze Stars and a well-deserved place in U.S. history. “They stand as living testaments to the triumph of good over evil and represent the genuine qualities necessary for true greatness,” said Grice.

For tickets and sponsorship information to assist with preserving the Tuskegee Airmen history at this honorable event, please contact the TASF event manager at 213-276-7827 or [email protected].