New Statue Honors Northland Hero and Tuskegee Airman

Posted at: 04/24/2013 5:08 PM | Updated at: 04/24/2013 8:12 PM
By: Maarja Anderson
manderson@wdio.com

Northland hero and former Tuskegee Airman, Joe Gomer, was honored Wednesday with the unveiling of his statue in his hometown of Iowa Falls, Iowa.

At 92 years old, Gomer was unable to make the trip for the unveiling in Iowa. He now lives in Lakeshore, an assisted living facility in Duluth. The facility live-streamed the unveiling to a room full of friends and family.

"It's too much to have one statue, but to have two, it's amazing," said Gomer. "I've discovered I have a lot of friends all over."

Last year, a statue was dedicated to Gomer in Duluth. It now stands in the new Duluth International Airport. He was the first Tuskegee Airman to get his own statue and now he has two. Gomer said the statues are humbling and help represent the many changes our nation has seen in civil rights since World War II.

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