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Ledo Road Veterans Honored at FAMU

The thousand mile stretch of road spans three countries and was built by U.S. soldiers and the Chinese.

Many have heard of the Tuskegee Airmen, but little recognition has been given to the black American men and women who built Ledo Road.

FAMU and the Department of Defense say they are now trying to right a wrong.

"It's been 62 years overdue. We're really excited the Department of Defense has decided to have this recognition here," says Dr. Geraldine Seay of FAMU.

Ledo Road is more than 1,000 miles long winding from Burma to China and India. The road was built to transport equipment and food during World War II. Historians say 60 percent of the soldiers sent to build the road were black Americans. That equates into 10,000 people. Eight of those 15 will be here in Tallahassee, for the long over due recognition.

More than 60 years later, the men and women who did their part in World War II will be honored. Ledo Road is also called Stilwell Road, named after the American general in charge of its construction.

The veterans will be in town all week. There will be a special event for them Thursday at Gaither Gym from noon to 2 p.m.


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