Thursday, December 27, 2012

Tuskegee Airmen

Today was going to be a relaxing day, a recouping day. Hah!  We were going to just ride around the park and check out the camping sites to see how many were really here (a lot!).  Next thing I knew we were riding down the road to check out the local town of West Point.  The car didn't know when to stop and I kept fiddling with the tablet and I kept finding all this neat stuff.  Next thing you know we are headed about 40 miles down the road to the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site.
It was too close to ignore.  It was wonderful.  It's not a large place but it told a brave story of the wonderful men (and women) who went on to become pilots and officers during WWII.  A lot of history was written in that place and it's wonderful that it has not been forgotten or overlooked.  By the end of the war over a thousand African American men had become pilots in the Army Air Corp. (AAC) And there were many more African American men and women whose jobs were necessary for all this to be accomplished.
On the way home, since we were in Alabama and not Georgia, I discovered we were just down the road from Auburn University.  Told Bob it would be nice to go have a look-see.  Below are pictures of what we found.
This is one HUGE stadium.  I THINK they take their footbal seriously!
You can see this stadium from anywhere on campus.
There was another place I discovered I wanted to see but it was too late in the day.  We are going to see if we can check it out tomorrow before we have to leave.  Tune in tomorrow to see what happens. :)
By The Way: On the way home, driving back towards the town of West Point, on the right side of the road, I saw a manufacturing facility of West Point/Stevens!
In the town itself, I saw old manufacturing plants where sheets and towels probably used to be made.  Alas, these building were being torn down.

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