Gov. Charlie Baker helped honor one of the last surviving members of the first Black air combat group at an event at Faneuil Hall, one of many events held across Massachusetts Thursday to mark the Veterans Day holiday.
Retired Lt. Col. Enoch Woodhouse enlisted in 1944 and went on to serve as a paymaster for the Tuskegee Airmen, whose legendary performance encouraged the government to end segregation in the military.
After the event, Woodhouse encouraged Americans to help each other.
“When you see a piece of paper on the ground just pick it up," said Woodhouse, who went on to become a lawyer after serving in the military. "And that's the way I’ve lived and this is the way all of us could live and this is the way we all must be together.”
Many other communities in Massachusetts marked the Veterans Day holiday with parades and ceremonies to honor people who served in the military.