RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR): The Virginia War Memorial celebrates Black History Month with the showing of the award-winning film “Veterans Of Color” Friday, February 21, doors open at 5pm, at 621 South Belvidere Street, Richmond. The program starts with Franklin Military Academy Chorus performing, Admiral John C. Harvey, Virginia Secretary of Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs will give a special tribute to Richmond Native Admiral Samuel Gravely, Jr., an African-American pioneer in the United States Navy, first African-American in the U. S. Navy to serve aboard a fighting ship as an officer, first to command a navy Ship, first fleet commander and first to become a flag-officer retiring as a vice-admiral.
Other speakers include Thelma Williams-Tunstall, Director of Teaching American History Academy (TAHA), Richmond City Public Schools, James Chambliss, Virginia Dept. of Veterans Services and Major Willie Taylor, USA (Ret.), Military Retirees Club of Richmond A reception follows the film.
The program is co-hosted by the The Military Retirees Club and Teaching American History Academy, Richmond Public Schools and sponsored by Haley BuickGMC. Call 804-786-2060 to reserve a seat or for more information visit www.vawarmemorial.org.