Country’s First All African-American Honor Guard Takes Off

AUSTIN, Texas — Local veterans are taking part in the first African-American honor flight. Fifty-one war veterans got a hero’s sendoff Friday morning at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. 

  • The country’s first all African-American honor flight left Austin Friday
  • Participants will visit several memorials in Washington D.C. 
  • Event was partially inspired by legendary veteran and Austin resident Richard Overton

Among the honorees was Vietnam War veteran Al Campbell, who said getting ready that day was like being back in the U.S. Army.

“It was like I was back on active duty, going to another assignment. Because of the kind of units I served, we were always going someplace,” Campbell said.

Hundreds lined up ABIA’s gates, as the veterans made their way to the plane. They will be going…

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