colored sailors 
Some of the 20,000 colored sailors who fought 
for their own freedom during the Civil War
Juneteenth Flag Raising
Members of the military raise the
Juneteenth flag at the Martin Luther King
 Park in Fort Smith
(Washington, DC) - Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremonies will take place throughout the nation to honor the 20,000 colored sailors who fought for their own freedom during the Civil War
"Most people remember the 186,000 colored troops who fought during the Civil War," states Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF), host of the WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance"However, there were 20,000 colored sailors who left the plantations in the south and served in the U.S. Navy."
Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremonies honor the contributions of black veterans, especially those who served during the Civil War.
Juneteenth, or the "19th of June", recognizes June 19, 1865, in Galveston, TX, when Union General Gordon Granger announced freedom for all slaves in the Southwest. Texas was the last state in rebellion to allow slavery following the end of the Civil War. This occurred more than two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln. Upon the issuing of General Order #3 by General Granger, the former slaves celebrated, establishing America's second Independence Day Celebration and the oldest African American holiday observance. 

Juneteenth is now recognized as a state holiday or state holiday observance in 45 states. In 2003, the District of Columbia passed legislation to recognize Juneteenth as a district holiday observance. 

Since 1997, the U.S. Congress has unanimously passed legislation recognizing Juneteenth for several years. In 2016, the U.S. Senate 
passed S. Res. 500, recognizing the "19th of June" as Juneteenth Independence Day in America.
For information on hosting a Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremony in your community, contact Dr. Ron Myers at 662-392-2016; e-mail:
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