Vernice “Flygirl” Armour needed nothing to do with flying till an opportunity encounter with a black lady in a flight go well with modified her life perpetually.
It was a quick second of inspiration within the Nineteen Nineties whereas she was nonetheless in school, however it was sufficient to make her consider she might accomplish one thing that when appeared unimaginable.
Earlier than that second she had all the time dreamed of turning into a mounted police officer and had joined the Reserve Officers’ Coaching Corps as a result of she would “do something to shoot a gun or blow one thing up.”
However she went on to turn out to be America’s first black feminine fight pilot by flying an AH-1W Tremendous Cobra within the Marines, and she or he shared her inspirational story Friday morning with members of the Jacksonville group on the thirty first annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast.
“If you’d like one thing, you possibly can’t simply sit in your chair and lift your hand … you’ve received to face up,” Armour informed the viewers.
She identified a gaggle of males within the crowd on the Prime Osborn Conference Middle who broke limitations lengthy earlier than she took the controls of a helicopter. Armour stated it virtually introduced her to tears when she obtained the prospect to speak with the members of the Montford Level Marines — the nation’s first black Marines — earlier than Friday’s occasion.
Her grandfather was a member throughout World Struggle II, so Armour stated she felt a really private connection to the lads.
It gave her a substantial amount of satisfaction to see that the lads within the crowd who fought within the Marines together with her grandfather have been now sporting Congressional Medals of Honor. She stated the awards have been really an honor they deserve.
“It makes me really feel actual good, and it makes me really feel blessed that I’m nonetheless alive and other people recognize the issues we did,” stated ninety three-yr-previous Alpha P. Gainous, an area member of the Montford Level Marine Affiliation.
He stated younger members of the black group want be true to themselves and their households at the start else in the event that they need to comply with in his footsteps.
Gainous was one of many older individuals in attendance Friday, however others with vibrant futures obtained an opportunity to share their concepts with the gang.
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