LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Just eight days before he was set to be honored for his service and nine days shy of his 100th birthday, the Lynchburg Area Veterans Council announced Alfred T. Farrar, Sr. — a World War II Tuskegee Airman and Lynchburg resident — passed away.

According to the council, the troop rally at Monument Terrace was set to proceed — as it has since Nov. 30, 2001 — on Friday, Dec. 25, which would be the 995th Friday in a row that veterans and community members have gathered in support of the American men and women in harm’s way.

In addition, the council says the troop rally scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. on Christmas Day was going to honor the life and service of Farrar, who was going to turn 100 years old on Saturday, Dec. 26.

Farrar reportedly served with the Tuskegee Airman, the African American combat aviation unit from World War II made famous by the movie, “Red Tails.”

“In spite of tremendous discrimination, these young American men and women served their nation with distinction and opened the door of opportunity for many other Americans,” the Lynchburg Area Veterans Council said.

However, the council says Farrar died on Thursday, Dec. 17.

Nevertheless, not only will the council still honor his life and service at Monument Terrace on Christmas Day, but his son and his wife will also be there.

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