COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4)- A 97-year-old member of the famous Tuskegee Airmen was honored over the weekend in Colorado Springs. Civil Air Patrol cadet and Tuskegee Airman Frank Macon’s career started during a time of deep segregation in the United States, and it motivated him to be part of a movement of people making change.

1943 U.S. Treasury WWII bond poster showing portrait of African American pilot, member of Tuskeegee airmen in flight uniform.

1943 U.S. Treasury WWII bond poster showing portrait of African American pilot, member of Tuskeegee airmen in flight uniform. (Photo by David Pollack/Corbis via Getty Images)

The original Tuskegee Airmen broke major barriers in the military when they served as the first Black military aviators in American history.

Frank Macon

(credit: CBS)

The ceremony was attended by Rochelle Kimbrell, the first African American female U.S. Air Force fighter pilot. She says people like Macon made her dreams possible.

Frank Macon

Frank Macon (credit: CBS)

“When you open your eyes and you respect people for who they are and what they’re done and all the trials and tribulations they’ve come through and you give them an opportunity, there’s amazing things that can happen,” she said.

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