Black veterans visit memorials in Washington, D.C., on Juneteenth (includes video story)

On June 19, 2024, 26 African American veterans from Atlanta flew to Washington, D.C., with the Honor Flight Network as part of a Juneteenth event, where their service to the U.S. was honored and celebrated. The day featured visits to national memorials that commemorate their service and sacrifice.

The first stop was the Marine Corps War Memorial. Thjnen came Arlington National Cemetery and the Military Women’s Memorial at the cemetery’s entrance. The itinerary continued with visits to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial and finished at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial.

“I know that no matter which memorial we may visit, somehow or another, African Americans have been involved in it,” said U.S. Marine veteran Ruth Walker. “Maybe not through history books yet, but it’s written somewhere.”

Honor Flight Network is a national nonprofit organization of independent hubs working together to celebrate America’s veterans by inviting them to share in a day of honor at our nation’s memorials. All honored veterans, consisting of those who served in WWII, the Korean War and Vietnam, travel together to the memorials in Washington, D.C., at no cost to the veteran.

Laura Palfrey is pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Digital TV and Multimedia Production. With a passion for storytelling and visual media, she aspires to work in television as a news producer upon graduation. Her hobbies include photography and traveling.