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On this Veterans Day, the District is honoring two of the original Tuskegee Airmen with the Congressional Gold Medal.
Mayor Vincent Gray and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton will commemorate the day by laying a wreath at the African American Civil War Memorial. Later, a separate commemoration will follow at the African American Civil War Museum for two D.C. residents who served with the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II.
Norton is honoring Major Louis Anderson and William Fauntroy, Jr. She will present the congressional medal to Anderson because the honor was expanded to include honors for members of the ground crew along with all original flying members of the Tuskegee Airmen. Fauntroy was recognized in a 2007 ceremony where the Tuskegee Airman received the honor.
Whether the decor is faux '50s silver and neon or authentic greasy spoon, diners are classic Americana, down to the familiar menu items. Rich, poor, black, white--all rub shoulders in the vinyl booths and at formica counters. We explore the enduring appeal and nostalgia of the diner.