ATLANTA -- At ceremonies in East Point and Marietta on Monday, several Tuskegee Airmen were honored for their groundbreaking service in World War Two.
Only about 300 of the thousands of pilots and crew members who trained for the Tuskegee missions are still alive.
And on a day meant for remembering the fallen, the members of America's first black military squadron reminded future generations of those who didn't come home.
"This day is an opportunity to express our gratitude for those fallen heroes," said Val Archer.
The US Air Force said around 150 Tuskegee Airmen were killed during the war. They never lived to see the recent recognition for their accomplishments.
As for future generations? The surviving airmen have a message.
"Set goals and stick with them, be determined," Wilbur Mason said. "If the Tuskegee Airman could accomplish what they could in their day and time, then you should be able to accomplish whatever you so desire."