Lakewood students get visit from World War II heroes

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on February 14, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 20 at 10:46 AM

LAKEWOOD, Wash. - Tyee Park Elementary School got quite a treat Tuesday, as courageous World War II heroes paid a visit and one of them got a rock-star like welcome from the students.

George Hickman was among four Tuskeegee Airmen who were honored at an assembly celebrating diversity. The 87-year-old made history as one of the first black aviators in the armed forces.
  
He told the students about how he made his dream of flying come true.

"I want you to set your goals just like we did in flying. I wanted to be the best guy I could be and beat everyone else at doing it,” he said.

There are only six living Tuskeegee Airmen still living in Washington state.

The story of the African American pilots is featured in the movie "Red Tails," which is in theaters now.  

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