WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily Black History Month feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25: TUSKEGEE AIRMEN
Profile America for the 25th day of Black History Month. One group of veterans is getting well-deserved, belated recognition for its exploits in World War II. The surviving pilots and ground crewmen of the noted Tuskegee Airmen were invited guests at President Obama's inauguration, and George Lucas is working on a movie about the African-American squadron, called "Red Tails." The pioneering unit fought in North Africa, Sicily, and Europe as the 332nd fighter group. They shot down more than 100 Luftwaffe aircraft and were awarded two distinguished unit citations, as well as many individual medals. Among the nation's nearly 22 million veterans, 2.3 million are African-American. This special edition of Profile America is a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
U.S. Census Bureau, Facts for Features, CB11-FF.01
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button). For further information, contact Rick Reed: 301-763-2812; fax: 301-763-3762; or e-mail: rreed-at-census.gov.
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau