Tuskegee Airmen Honored with Congressional Gold Medal

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CAPITOL HILL (AP) - President Bush and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have plenty on which to disagree Thursday, but they stood together to honor the Tuskegee airmen for their service in World War Two.

The legendary group of black aviators received the Congressional Gold Medal, the most prestigious Congress has to offer, in a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda.

Bush said the airmen fought two wars: one in Europe and the other at home "in the hearts and minds" of a segregated country. He then saluted the airmen, saying he hoped it would "help atone for all the unreturned salutes and unforgivable indignities" they endured.

Pelosi echoed the president, noting that the Tuskegee airmen helped defeat Hitler, but still found prejudice on their return home. She added: "Today we are trying to right that wrong."

One of the airmen, retired Colonel Elmer Jones, says it's never too late to be acknowledged for good work.

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