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Montford Point Marine Day to honor African Americans

Johnny B. Young Jr., president of the chapter 10 Marine Montford Point Association and retired U.S. Marine sergeant…

Johnny B. Young Jr., president of the chapter 10 Marine Montford Point Association and retired U.S. Marine sergeant major, delivers a speech Aug. 22, 2019, during the annual Montford Point Remembrance ceremony at the Montford Point Marine Memorial in Jacksonville. Photo: Lance Cpl. Kensie Milner, DVIDS

Montford Point Marines are to be honored during an annual ceremony where the keynote speaker, 38th Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. David Berger, is expected to deliver remarks on their legacy and historical impact on the U.S. Marine Corps.

The 12th annual Montford Point Marine Day Ceremony is set for 9 a.m. Friday in Lejeune Memorial Gardens at the Montford Point Marines Memorial in Jacksonville.

The Montford Point Marines Memorial is dedicated to the legacy of nearly 20,000 African Americans who served in the Marine Corps from 1942 to 1949. The memorial includes features to honor those who trained at the Montford Point Camp, officials said.

On July 22, 2010, the United States Congress passed Senate Resolution 587 which designated Aug. 26 as Montford Point Marine Day.

This year’s ceremony will include a presentation of the Congressional Gold Medal to Marine veterans Cpl. Clarence L. Clark, Cpl. Clarence Powell, and Pfc. Othelma Shell. There will also be a performance by the United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Team.

The public can watch the ceremony live on Jacksonville’s G-10 cable access channel, the Camp Lejeune Facebook page or via the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System at https://www.dvidshub.net/webcast/26891.

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