Softballs fly during home run derby pitting the Army against the Air Force

Dozens of people gathered Monday to watch the U.S. Army beat the U.S. Air Force 57-54 in a softball home run derby during a Labor Day festival held at Stanley Playfield in Tacoma. The armed forces members were all from Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The event, with the theme “Honoring the Past and Embracing the Future,” was co-hosted by the Buffalo Soldier Museum and the Tuskegee Airmen of Seattle.

“These men give of themselves so unselfishly,” said Jackie Jones-Hook, executive director of the museum. “It’s a way for us to say thank you for your service and have a little fun.”

Buffalo soldiers were African-American Army regiments formed during the Civil War. In 1866, the U.S. Congress created six all-black units.

The Tuskegee Airmen were African-American pilots who fought in World War II. The squadron formed in 1941 in Tuskegee, Alabama.