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VA Western New York Healthcare System


Remembering African American Veterans

October 31, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                         
Contact: Evangeline Conley, Public Affairs Officer
Phone: (716) 862-8753 Cell: (716) 512-9338

Remembering African American Veterans

The unveiling of a special exhibit honoring deceased African American Veterans of Western New York will take place Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Avenue, in Buffalo.
This exhibit was created to fill a void present in local history, and was created in partnership by The Links, Incorporated – Erie County (NY) Chapter, VA Western New York Healthcare System- Minority Veterans Program Committee, Remembering Our Veterans (ROV) interest group and McKinley Vocational High School.
The eleven panel exhibit listing the names of Veterans collected over the past three years from family members, friends, faith based and community organizations will be housed at the Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. branch of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, designated curator.   The courageous spirit of these Veterans will now have lasting recognition.
The names represent men and women who have served in all five branches of the military (Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard) and participated in every United States military conflict whether they enlisted voluntarily or were drafted. They represent those who may have endured disparity and social injustice, as well as those who were able to advance through their military careers. In addition to Veterans’ names, the exhibit also highlights some historic moments.
The co-chairpersons of this event, Fern E. Beavers and Madeline O. Scott provided the driving force for this project that will provide opportunity for the community to recognize and honor those who have served in a unique and lasting way. It is hoped that the exhibit will serve as an educational resource, inspiring those who see it to create additional history projects, encourage educators, students and others, to add to the memory of these local Veterans.
“This is a historic day for Buffalo and Western New York and the partners involved,” said Janet E. Barnes, Chapter President. “The Links Incorporated – Erie County (NY) chapter, is proud to partner with so many groups, including the youth at McKinley High school, to recognize deceased African American Veterans and their contributions to this Nation.”