WHEREAS, the City of Glendale has long recognized and honored the countless
achievements and contributions of African Americans; and
WHEREAS, the history of African Americans is rich and a major element of the fiber
that makes up the history and culture of our nation and our community; and
WHEREAS,the experience of the Tuskegee Airmen, who rose to their Nation's defense
at its greatest time of need to combat the evil in Europe that threatened the very existence
of the United States, is a reflection of their consistent display of devotion to their country;
WHEREAS, the struggle to ensure that all children have access to the same
opportunities to succeed is made easier by a better and wider understanding of the
struggles of African Americans and the triumphs of individuals such as the members of
the Tuskegee Airmen; and
WHEREAS, organizations such as the Archer Ragsdale Arizona Chapter of the Tuskegee
Airmen, Inc. help to promote the legacy of African Americans overcoming great obstacles
and, in so doing, bring our entire community together in a spirit of friendship and
goodwill to all people.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jerry P. Weiers, Mayor of the City of Glendale, Arizona, on
behalf of the City Council do hereby proclaim February 2015 as
and urge all citizens to participate in activities celebrating African American history and
take time to educate themselves on the contributions African Americas such as the
Tuskegee Airmen have made to our community and nation.
Presented to the Archer Ragsdale Arizona Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.
From Left to Right
Jacqueline La-Cave Gonzalez, Don Chapman, Leonard Thompson, Michael Webb, Greg Curtis, William Norwood, Jerry P. Weiers (Mayor of the City of Glendale, Arizona), Robert Ashby (An original Tuskegee Airman), David Toliver, Richard Toliver, Oscar Mabry
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