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New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Surprises 100-Year Old Tuskegee Airman With Beautiful Gesture on Centenary Birthday

Published 05/24/2022, 1:59 PM EDT

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Owner of the New England Patriots, Robert Kraft, celebrated the 100th birthday of the last surviving Rhode Island Tuskegee Airman. There was a celebration held for Sgt. Victor Butler as he turned 100 years old. He has worked as a mechanic in the legendary group Black Airmen in World War II.

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Ahead of his birthday Sgt Victor had asked for birthday cards from the public and nothing more. He also said“Oh, I’ll read every one of them.” Though he received many birthday cards, the real surprise was Robert Craft making an appearance in the celebration and presenting gifts to the Sergeant. 


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The 80-year-old Robert Kraft came as a surprise in the middle of the celebration. The 6-time winning Patriots owner, Robert Kraft said“We wanted to give you something no one else could give you.” He presented Victor with a 100 number Patriots Jersey with Butler written on it and shook hands with Sgt. Victor.

Robert Kraft gifts a signed football to Sgt. Victor Butler


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Tuskegee Airmen was the first African-American unit in the U.S. military. In the old days, the troop faced challenges such as war. Kraft said“Maybe it always wasn’t easy but you did what was best for America, so we thank you for that.” It was not all that Kraft gave Sgt. Victor. He also gave him a signed football and clicked a picture with him. 

It was a proud moment, and the celebration was full of emotions. People were cheering for him and praising him for the sacrifices he made for the country. People showered him with lovely cards and gifts that he will cherish for a lifetime. The Providence Journal shared a video in which it can be seen that Victor has been getting thousands of cards in advance of his 100th birthday.


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It was a grand celebration, and many cars and bikes participated in the parade. Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club and the Tuskegee Airmen Bike Club attended the parade and offered gifts to Sgt. Victor Butler. Many politicians too came for the celebration and wished him for the day. Also, from now on, 21st May will be celebrated as Victor Butler Day.

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Written by:

Aniket Srivastava


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Aniket Srivastava is an NFL Writer at Essentially Sports. Having completed his bachelor's in Architecture, he has worked under a few Architects until his love for writing urged him to be a full-time writer. Aniket has a keen interest in NFL and ardently follows two teams: Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, of course, because of Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes, respectively.
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Deepika Bhaduri