Cicero Honors Tuskegee Airmen

The Town of Cicero adopted a resolution honoring the Tuskegee Airmen, the all-African American air force unit that fought during World War II. One of the survivors of the Tuskegee Air Unit is Capt. Jack Lyle who spoke at a special public meeting at the Cicero Public Library Saturday Morning. Derek Dominick, a board member of District 99 who represented his father Town President Larry Dominick at the ceremonies Saturday morning presented the resolution to Lyle at the program Saturday, July 28, 2018. Also attending the event was Cicero Trustee John Cava and Brian Dominick, Derek’s brother and a member of the Clyde Park Board of Trustees. Here is the resolution:

RESOLUTION HONORING TUSKEGEE AIRMAN JACK LYLE

WHEREAS the Tuskegee Airmen consisted of the first African American aviators to serve during World War II forming the 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group of the United States Army Air Forces; and

WHEREAS the Tuskegee Airmen flew more than 15,000 sorties in Europe and in Africa fighting on behalf of the United States and the Allies; and

WHEREAS the Tuskegee Airmen received more than 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses for their courage and bravery in the line of fire, and helped encourage the eventual integration of the U.S. Armed Forces; and

WHEREAS one of the last surviving airmen is Captain Jack Lyle, retired, 94, who flew hundreds of sorties in Europe, has published a book, “Tuskegee Airmen Jack Lyle: Captain of his Fate”; and

WHEREAS Tuskegee Airman Jack Lyle will be the guest speaker at a special presentation at the Cicero Public Library, 5225 W. Cermak Road, this Saturday, July 28, from 10:30 am through 3 pm, which will also include the screening of a film on the service of Tuskegee Airmen.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by Town President Larry Dominick and the Cicero Board of Trustees that Tuskegee Airman Jack Lyle be honored for his lifetime service to America on this 24th Day of July 2018, and that the Town of Cicero encourages its residents to participate in this and other Cicero Library programs; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be presented to Tuskegee Airman Jack Lyle as a record of his achievement at the Library Presentation this Saturday, July 28, 2018.