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Congressman John Lewis to Present Congressional Gold Medal Replica

Metro Digest (April 11 - 17)

Compiled by Titus Falodun | 4/11/2014, 10:19 a.m.
Tuskegee Airman Harry RockRock (center) with colleagues, members of the Atlanta Chapter Tuskegee Airmen, former Atlanta Chapter Tuskegee Airmen PR Officer Arit Essien (lady), and Dekalb SCLC President Nathan Knight (kneeling), during initial meeting at Sam’s Club, Lithonia GA., Oct 27, 2012.

DECATUR, Ga. - On Good Friday, Apr. 18, U.S. Rep. John Lewis will present a replica of the Congressional Gold Medal to Tuskegee Airman Harry Rock.

The community is invited to take part in the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center, 3181 Rainbow Dr, Decatur, GA 30034.

Born in New York City on Dec. 31, 1923, Rock entered into active service with the Army Corps on Apr. 12, 1943, effectively becoming a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen--the nation’s first African-American military aviation unit.

Over the span of two years, Rock served the WWII effort in a myriad of roles ranging from Medical Basic to Basic Training Quartermaster, until honorable discharge in 1945. He transitioned into long-standing careers with the United States Postal Service and Sanford Realty, tucking away his life as a soldier--as many others did. 

The Congressional Gold Medal is the nation’s highest civilian honor issued by Congress. In 2007, the medal was collectively bestowed upon the Tuskegee Airmen, with members receiving 3-inch bronze replicas from then President George Bush, in a Washington, D.C. ceremony. The original Congressional Gold Medal remaining permanently housed in the Smithsonian.

The Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony will include special presentations by various individuals and organizations including: 

DeKalb County Police

Honor Guard

Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford

Surviving Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen

Sallie N. Levine, Georgia

Commission on the Holocaust

Richard Harker, KSU Dept. of

Museums, Archives & Rare Books 

Youth, military and civic groups

Tickets are free and open to the public with RSVP. Donations are welcome towards program costs and sponsors are also sought to cover Ceremony expenses. Tax-Deductible donations may be mailed to DeKalb SCLC, 2679 McAfee Rd., Decatur, GA. 30032 or for information please call DeKalb SCLC (470) 262-2106.

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