The Dayton African American Legacy Institute will for the first time honor Black soldiers at an Armistice Day memorial program. The program honors local Blacks who died while serving their country, reports The Dayton Daily News.
“Each year, I see celebrations for our veterans, but I never see observances for the Black soldiers who sacrificed for us,” said Bill C. Littlejohn, Dayton Municipal Court Judge and board president of the institute.
“African-Americans fought in every war from the Revolution to the present day. The group recognizes that for decades Black soldiers returning from war were ostracized. “We want to honor their heroism and their perseverance,” Littlejohn said.
The group will hold a reception and program this evening called “African-American Veterans: A History of Service and Sacrifice.” They will present medals they received from the government posthumously to families of deceased veterans and to living veterans, Littlejohn said.