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Rogers says Capitol may be site of Armed Forces integration ceremony

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- With the passage of a Congressional resolution last night, U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers said today he is pleased the U.S. Capitol Rotunda may soon be the site of a ceremony honoring the beginning of the integration of the Armed Forces.

"I am pleased to see Congress may soon honor these brave Americans for their heroic and selfless service in our armed forces," Rogers said. "The 60th anniversary of this important executive order is an important reminder of the service of so many African Americans who fought for freedoms overseas that were frequently denied at home."

Rogers, a Republican from Saks, Ala., said in February of this year he introduced House Concurrent Resolution 297, a bill honoring the 60th anniversary of the integration of the U.S. Armed Forces. The bill has 38 cosponsors, including all members of the Alabama delegation.

The bill helps recognize the contributions of African Americans who have served our nation in uniform and mentions the service of East Alabama's famed Tuskegee Airmen, who fought during World War II and trained at the historic Moton Field in Macon County.

Rogers said he hoped Congress will consider that resolution or some other similar resolution honoring the service of these brave Americans some time this summer. Rogers is a member of the Armed Services Committee.

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