2013 National Veterans Day Award Recipient: “The Tuskegee Airmen”
A perpetual National Veterans Award was created in Birmingham for America’s first official National Veterans Day observance November 11, 1954 as authorized by Congress. Its purpose is to honor an outstanding veteran in the United States each year who has made the greatest contribution to further the patriotic interests of veterans and veteran organizations throughout the country. Every year, the award is presented at the National Veterans Award Dinner in Birmingham.
The 2013 Award Recipient of the National Veterans Day in Birmingham will be a group of distinguished veterans rather than an individual. The National Veterans Day Award will be presented to the “Tuskegee Airmen“. Accepting the award for the unit will be LTC James H. Harvey, III (USAF retired), a member of the WWII 99th Fighter Squadron, who was also the military’s first “Top Gun”.