During World War II thousands of African-American men took part in a program to become America's first black military airmen. Before that time, blacks were not allowed to be a part of the Army Air Corps. Charles Liddell is president of the Lake Charles Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen.
"We were told that we could not fly, we could not think, we didn't have the necessary capacity to be pilots. But we knew we had it," said Liddell.
So from 1941 to 1946, African Americans from all over the country joined the Tuskegee Airmen, named after their home base of Tuskegee, Alabama.
"This is our country. We wanted to fight for our country. We wanted to preserve everything that we hold dear. God, country and our honor."
These days, Liddell spends his time with students and other groups talking about how important it is to remember our country's veterans.
"The military develops character. It instills devotion and discipline that you need to make a job successful."