The VIPP Report: KCAAH will break ground on a memorial named in honor of a Kentucky native and the first African American colonel in the U.S. Army


You are invited to attend on Tuesday, July 31st at 10:00 am, the ceremonial ground breaking of the Veteran Flag Memorial Project at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) located at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

The Charles Young Veterans Memorial is the first project of the Freedom Flag Initiative. It works through Public-Private Partnerships to install American Flags throughout communities and states across the nation, and build memorials to honor our nation’s veterans.

The memorial will be named in honor of Colonel Charles Young.  Col. Young was born a slave in 1864 in Mason County, Kentucky.  He was one of the first African Americans to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point and actually the very first black colonel in the U.S. Army.   He also served as a member of the 9th Calvary also known as the Buffalo Soldiers.  Young died in Liberia in 1922.

This project will officially announce the Veteran Flag Memorial Project created by the Region VI Commanders of the National Association for Black Veterans as an opportunity to unify people and communities by providing beautiful spaces to reflect on a symbol that can unify us all.  Some of the speakers participating in the program will be Scott Matheny, President, Semper Tek, Inc. Shedrick Jones, Sr., NABVETS Region VI Commander, Hosea Mitchell, COO, KCAAH, Daniel Ware, EOP Architects John Carman, CEO, CARMAN Landscape Architects.

The unveiling of the Charles Young Veterans Memorial will be held on Veterans Day, November 11, 2018 at KCAAH.

If you are unable to attend but would like to have photos of the event send your request to and we will give you a summary of the event and photos of the groundbreaking.




The VIPP Report: Tuskegee Airman & World War II veteran Alvin LaRue Sr.’s funeral was held in Louisville, KY


The VIPP Report by Sherlene Shanklin: Today friends and family paid their final respects to one of the last living members of the Tuskegee Airmen.  Louisvillian Alvin LaRue Sr.passed away on Monday, February 3rd.  LaRue was a flight officer for the Tuskegee Airmen and World War II veteran.  He retired from the Army Corps of Engineers.
I had the once in a lifetime opportunity to find the Kentucky members of the prestigious Alabama unit about 13 years ago for Black History Month.  The first person I found was Alvin LaRue Sr. I knew him because I knew his son.  We sat down and talked about his accomplishments and how important it was to let people know their history. I remember that he was very humble and so willing to share his story about the segregation in the Army even though they were all fighting for the same thing.
LaRue is a native of Louisville and he was a student at the University of Pittsburgh when he was drafted into the U. S. Army in 1943.  LaRue then went on to become one of America’s first Black military airmen.
LaRue was buried today at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery in Radcliff, KY. Alvin LaRue Sr. was 89 year old.
During this Black History Month remember those who made sacrifices so that their children, and their children’s children could have a better life.
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