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from Tales from the Trail:

Ninety-two-year-old “Tuskegee Airman” salutes racial progress, Obama

WASHINGTON - They were treated like second-class citizens in World War Two - but overcame racial prejudice to emerge as bona fide heroes.

And on Monday, these black former "Tuskegee Airmen" were back in the front row for the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.

"I never thought I'd see the inauguration of a black president, and today I'm seeing one inaugurated for a second time," said Cyril Byron, 92, of Baltimore.

"This is something you dream about, something you hope about, pray about," said Byron, who was seated with old buddies and wearing a black-and-red baseball cap reading, "Tuskegee Airmen."