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  • vieravoice.com Viera Voice February 2012 1

    SchoolSV o l u n t e e r Sc e l e b r a t i o n

    F e b r u a r Y 2 0 1 2 VoluMe 5 iSSue 1

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    bY GeorGe White Katy Rewis, of Melbourne, learned how scary hospitals can be in 2009 when her 5-year-old cousin had to be treated in Orlando after accidentally cutting her head while swimming. But, rather than just complaining about the situation, she decided to do something about it for other children.Rewis, an 11th grader at Cocoa Beach Jr.-Sr. High School, planned and painted murals at Viera Hospital as

    part of her quest for Girl Scoutings Gold Award, an honor similar to be-coming an Eagle Scout for Boy Scouts. Gathering donated materials and using her own sketches, Rewis, of Troop 1419, spent two full days, in early January, creating the first animal-themed mural in an examination room. Her troop had been raising money for a project like this, so she had a $200 budget, but the project cost about $300 and additional funds were needed. Home Depot also donated some

    materials. She said she plans a similar mural in another examination room, this one with an underwater theme. I did a smaller mural in my bathroom as practice so I sort of knew what it was going to be like. A lot of people stopped by while we were working on and said that they liked the way it was looking, she said. Starting at about 6 a.m., the first painting day was a full 14 hours,

    Murals at Viera Hospital help Girl Scout achieve Gold Award

    Viera Voice Katherine SonnTo earn her Girl Scout Gold Award, and to brighten hospital exam rooms, Katy Rewis paints a child-friendly mural.

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    Viera VoiceVolume 5, Number 12012 BluewaterCreative Group, Inc.All rights reserved

    Address7630 N. Wickham rd.

    Suite 105Viera, FL 32940

    PublisherBluewater Creative Group, inc.

    Managing EditorJill Gaines

    Senior WriterMary Brotherton

    Director of MarketingKatherine Sonn

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    Writers/ReportersCarl Kotala

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    bY Martha MaSiello Born in New York and raised in Ohio, the African-American student had achieved his childhood dream. He was about to learn to fly airplanes. The young white Army Air Corps instructor from California received an assignment to instruct a group of new cadets on flying and fighter pilot tactics. Together, they would cross the lines of diversity and become a component of history in the making. In the early 1940s, civil rights organizations and the black press exerted pressure that ultimately resulted in the formation of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American military aviators in

    the US Armed Forces. They served during World War II in the Army Air Corps, all the while being subjected to daily racial discrimination. Lt. Col. Hiram Mann (USAF Ret.) flew 48 missions with the 332nd Fighter Group, the 302nd and 100th Fighter Squadrons during World War II. He remained in the Air Force for more than 20 years. I wrote letters to the War Department about getting into a flying training program for my country, and received responses saying there were no provisions for Negroes to fly in any branch of the military. The attitude then was that we would never fly. They did not want us to fly. We were fighting to free others from oppression in Europe, yet we

    werent free here in the US, Mann said. Lt. Col. Robert Hughes (Ret.) was sworn into the Army Air Corps in 1942 and selected for pilot training. In 1944, he was assigned to Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama as an instructor pilot. His lengthy career included service in World War II, Korea and Vietnam and included flying P-51s, B-26s and B-47s. He also instructed Chinese and Turkish students at Randolph Field in San Antonio, Texas. Most of the Tuskegee cadets were from the North and mid-west, because of the educational requirements for their pilot training at that time, Hughes said. The War Department didnt think the trainees would be qualified. These guys went through school against all odds and made enormous contributions to the country and the war effort. This was a huge stepping stone to improving race relations. More than 900 pilots were trained in

    both single- and twin-engine planes. I was shocked and upset that I was not permitted to live on the Tuskegee base, and was housed elsewhere, and also at the inhumane treatment afforded folks during that period. Hiram was one of my better students. Hughes career included assignments to Hawaii, Japan and Korea. Original Tuskegee airmen, known as DOTAs (documented original Tuskegee Airman) have received Congressional Medals of Honor. A DOTA is anyone man or woman, military or civilian, black or white who served at Tuskegee Army Air Field or in any of the programs stemming from the Tuskegee Experience between the years 1941 and 1949. For more information on Tuskegee Airmen, General Daniel Chappie James, Jr. Chapter, contact Amicitia Maloon-Gibson at maloon57@aol.com. VV

    Diversity got its beginnings in 1940s alabama

    Viera Voice Martha MasielloTuskegee airman, Hiram Mann of Titusville, signs a poster at the opening of Red Tail.

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