Thursday, June 28, 2012

Honored At Last

"It makes me feel good to be here today to see the advancement that the black Marines have made since I was in there...I never thought this day would ever come I never thought they cared much about us."
Clarence Hunt, 86, of Louisville, Ky

A group of African-Americans who were the first blacks to join the Marine Corps were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, a top civilian honor, in belated recognition for their service during World War II.
At a ceremony on June 27 in the Capitol's Emancipation Hall, lawmakers praised the men for stepping up to serve the country, even though they faced a segregated military and nation that didn't fully accept them.

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