King Center hosts service to honor African American Veterans


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Posted Online: Feb. 07, 2013, 11:24 am
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Press release submitted by Martin Luther King Jr. Center, Inc.


King Center hosts service to honor African American Veterans in celebration of Black History Month

The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center is delighted to invite the community to a service in honor of African American Veterans, service men and women, and their families. The celebration is scheduled for Thursday, February 21, 2013 beginning at 5:00pm with a Community Reception and 6:00pm viewing of the motion picture "Red Tails," at 630 Ninth Street in Rock Island.

This year's theme is "The High Cost of Freedom" and is centered on the extraordinary commitment of African American World War II Veterans and their contribution to America's journey in Civil Rights. This event will feature a public viewing of the award winning motion picture "Red Tails" and will be followed by an interview with an African American World War II Veteran. Current military personnel of all ethnicities are encouraged to attend in uniform and military paraphernalia is welcomed. In addition, the program will include a variety of performances and presentations to honor the contributions of African American Veterans including:
• Reception with an African American Artist
• Color Guard by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 299 Honor Guard Commanders
• National Anthem performed by Tyrone Phillips of the group "Smooth Grooves"
• Recognition of World War II Veterans and military service men and women
• Interview with a World War II Veteran

This event is free to the public and various opportunities will be available for community members to purchase merchandise with proceeds going to further the King Center's mission of strengthening families and neighborhoods. For more information concerning the event, volunteer opportunities, or how to invest in sponsorship please contact the King Center at 309-732-2999.

















 




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