ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) —
Hundreds gathered to celebrate the Juneteenth holiday through song, dance, poetry and storytelling at the first official Juneteenth ceremony held at the Pentagon June 21.
Attended by U.S. Air and Space Force leaders, Defense Department personnel, and service members, this event commemorated the proclamation of freedom for enslaved people in Texas on June 19, 1865, making it the final state to receive the news to end slavery in America.
Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall provided opening remarks and painted memories of his childhood during the civil rights movement — recalling the discrimination and racism he witnessed firsthand.
He declared the civil rights movement and the Juneteenth holiday were not the ends of a journey that began when slavery entered the U.S., casting its dark shadow of hatred, inhumanity and inequality.
“Juneteenth is a day when all Americans should pause and…
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