Two Tuskegee Airmen Honored in Staunton

Posted: Updated: July 15, 2012 10:43 PM EDT

Two of the first African-American fighter pilots to serve in the United States military were honored in Staunton Sunday.

Chief Master Sergeant Grant Williams and Sergeant Harry Quinton were two of the original Tuskegee Airmen who flew alongside Staunton native Captain William Green Jr. in World War II.  The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American military aviators in the U.S. armed forces.

The Gypsy Hill Park Gym filled with supporters to honor the surviving pilots and hear their stories.  

"It's a lovely audience and were certainly proud to be here and proud that there's so many people that came to see us and were gonna do our best to tell the story," said Williams.  

Sunday's event was free but volunteers accepted donations to benefit the Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Foundation.