African-American veterans honored with banquet

War and the need for armies and soldiers are one of the constants in the civilized world.

“War isn’t good for much, but it will be around all the time,” Emmett Burnam said Saturday as he opened the Winchester Black History and Heritage Committee’s banquet honoring veterans, including African-American veterans. “Think about those brave men and women you know who have gone to war.”

In the draft prior to World War II, 2.5 million African-Americans were registered to serve in a segregated military, Burnam said,.

“The groundwork for civil rights began when the contributions of African-Americans were recognized,” he said.

Sgt. Maj. Dana Bowie, a George Rogers Clark High School graduate, said African-Americans have fought in the United States’ wars since the revolution….

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