African American Veterans from World War Two and Beyond

Date: 2018-02-17

Starts @ 12:00 pm

Ends @ 04:00 pm

Who: Veterans Memorial Hall
Where: 211 N. Main St. Rockford Illinois
When:  Saturday February 17th 2018-12 PM to 4 PM
What: “African American Veterans from World War Two and Beyond”
As in the past Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum continues to offer an event to recognize Black History Month. This is our tenth year of presenting our program that bridges generations of African American Veterans. Our guest will include World War II Veterans from the Chicago Chapter of the Montford Point Marines along with local Veterans from the Korean and Vietnam Wars. The program will also include a special presentation honoring the contributions of African American Women Veterans. We will honor these African American Veterans with a one-day event on Saturday, February 17, 2018, from 12 pm to 4pm. This program allows those in attendance to hear firsthand these Veterans accounts of their service and to be inspired by their stories of valor and patriotism.
Saturday February 17th 2018-12 PM to 4 PM                             
Our guests will include three original Montford Point Marines and Rockford’s own Veterans from The Korean War and Vietnam wars. We will present a special program from noon to 1 Pm for local students to attend.
Why: In spite of adversity and limited opportunities, African Americans have played a significant role in U.S. military history over the past 300 years. They were denied military leadership roles and skilled training because many believed they lacked qualifications for combat duty. On June 25th 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order No. 8802 establishing the fair employment practice that began to erase discrimination in the Armed Forces. This executive order gave African Americans an opportunity to serve their county as equals. Veterans Memorial Hall is honored to bring these patriotic Veterans to Rockford in celebration of Black History Month.
Doors open at 11 PM with the opening ceremony scheduled for 1:00 PM. The event will conclude at 4PM with an autograph session in our library. The cost is $5.00, students and seniors are free.