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Inaugural to include military's past, future

Jan. 15, 2013 - 07:53AM   |   Last Updated: Jan. 15, 2013 - 07:53AM  |  
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1/13: Air Force prepares for inauguration

Float to honor Tuskegee Airmen

WASHINGTON — President Obama's second inaugural parade will include a tribute to the Alabama-based Tuskegee Airmen who broke the color barrier during World War II.

The presidential inaugural committee announced plans for the parade on Monday.

Black fliers trained at Moton Field in Tuskegee in the 1940s to become the nation's first minority pilots during the war. The field is now a historical site located off Interstate 85 east of Montgomery.

The parade float is being designed as a tribute to the young men who became the first black aviators in the U.S. military. It will feature a model of a P-51 Mustang, the fighter the Airmen are best known for flying.

The pilots came to be known as "Redtails" for the color they painted the rear of the fighters.

West Point cadets to march in inaugural parade

WEST POINT, N.Y. — The Long Gray Line will again be represented when the nation celebrates the inauguration of a president.

As it has done since Ulysses S. Grant was inaugurated on March 4, 1873, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point will send a contingent of uniformed cadets to march in the Inaugural Parade on Jan. 21 in Washington. They also marched four years ago at President Obama's first inauguration.

The 90-member team, chosen for their marching prowess and military bearing, will be led by Deputy Brigade Commander Cadet Ross Boston of Chipley, Fla. First Capt. Brandon Whittington of El Paso, Texas, will march with Army staff.

The cadets wear long gray overcoats and service caps for the parade. The uniform is a West Point tradition that dates to the early 1800s.

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