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WWII History Comes to Springfield
The city of Springfield is welcoming a bit of history from a Springfield native flying high during World War II.
Mayor Mike Houston and Alderman Gail Simpson accepted the donation of memorabilia today from the estate of the late Major Lyman L. Hubbard Senior. Hubbard was a member of the famous Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American pilots in the U.S. Armed Forces. The group got the nickname because they all trained in Tuskegee, Alabama.
Lyman Hubbard Jr. presented the items, and says they represent the struggles of an entire generation.
He went on to say, “and there are some tremendous lessons to be learned from history, and hopefully the politicians today in Washington will take a closer look at what the nation was able to do in that time frame to overcome racial prejudice and some serious issues.”
The memorabilia includes Hubbard's bronze star and a bronze version of the Congressional gold star that was given to each of the airmen. The items will be on display at the Capital Airport Museum.