The deFremery Recreation Center is honoring African American veterans for their dedication, sacrifice, and the protection of freedoms in the United States.
While fighting for the country’s freedoms, they also had to fight racial injustices.
“It is about time we honor our African American veterans,” said Valorie Winn, center director at deFremery.
For many years, African Americans have not been recognized due to racial discrimination. In 1993, the U.S. Army commissioned an investigation practices regarding the awarding of medals.
At that time, no African American soldier had received the Medal of Honor for service in World War II. The commission recommended that several African Americans receive the Medal of Honor.
President Clinton awarded the Medal of Honor in 1997 to seven African Americans World War II veterans.
The deFremery ceremony will honor African American veterans for their military service on Saturday, Feb. 28, 5 p.m., at deFremery Recreation Center at 1651 Adeline St. in Oakland. There is no cost for the event.
To participate, request an application by email at [email protected]. Anyone who would like to tell their story in a video documentary should contact Diane Williamson at the West Oakland Senior Center at (510) 238-7016 or (510) 435-7266.