Locals honor national heroes

By Alicia Nieves

May 24, 2014 Updated Jun 3, 2014 at 6:53 PM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Major Hollywood films, like Red Tails and Tuskegee Airmen, exposed the world to the story of the first African American military aviators - the Tuskegee Airmen.

Early Saturday morning, Southern Tier locals were exposed to Tuskegee airmen.

They arrived just after 11 a.m. in Johnson City and were welcomed by the Local Patriots Guard Riders.

The Riders lined up about 40 riders with flags held high, to salute the men as they arrived in town.

The Tuskegee airmen said they were in awe of the welcoming they received.

"It was just marvelous, " said Audley Coulthurst. Coulthurst is one of the remaining five Tuskegee Airmen.

The Local Patriots Guard Riders provided a biker escort for the airmen, from Johnson City to Horseheads.

In Horseheads, the airmen attended a 'Return of the Red Tails' event and Gala.

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