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Members of the military raise the
Juneteenth flag at the Martin Luther King
 Park in Fort Smith

Juneteenth celebration kicks off in Fort Smith

Fort Smith, Arkansas     

Navy Vice Adm. Kevin D. Scott, the Joint Staff's director of joint force
                                     development speaks during the Defense Department's Juneteenth observance                                      ceremony in the Pentagon Hall of Heroes, June 19, 2017. Army photo by Leroy Council


Juneteenth Represents Hope, Possibilities, Vice Admiral Says

By Lisa FerdinandoDoD News, Defense Media Activity


Buffalo soldiers raise the Juneteenth Flag
over City Hall in Las Vegas, NV    6/15/17

Contact the NJOF about hosting a Juneteenth Flag Raising
Ceremony in your community to honor our African American
Veterans. This especially includes honoring Crispus Attucks, a
black man killed during the Boston Massacre, making him the first
casualty of the American Revolution, the 186,000 colored troops
and the 20,000 colored sailors who fought and died
for freedom during the Civil War, black soldiers who fought
Henry O. Flipper, the first African American military officer,
Cathey Williams, the first African American woman
to join the armed services, the WWII African American Army
Engineers who helped end segregation in the armed services and
the Montford Point Marines who were the first African Americans
to enter the U.S. Marine Corps from 1942 - 1949. This also
includes the Buffalo Soldiers and the Tuskegee Airman.

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National Juneteenth Flag Raising Commission
National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)

Saeed Mustafa, Chair
Laura Lanier Veterans Juneteenth Celebration
Hudson Valley, New York
web site:

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- Raising of the U.S. Flag
- Playing of the National Anthem
- Raising of the Juneteenth Flag
- Playing of the Negro National Anthem,
"Lift Every Voice & Sing"
- Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation
- Keynote Speaker
- Closing Comments & Prayer

National Association of Black Veterans (NABVETS) has agreed
to participate in 
Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremonies with the NJOF.

For more assistance from the NJOF contact:

National Juneteenth Armed Services Commission
National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)

Bishop Dave Thomas, Chair
2518 East Tudor Road, Suite #200
Anchorage, AK 99507


The Juneteenth Flag was created by former NJOF Massachusetts Juneteenth State Director and Founder of the National Juneteenth Celebration Foundation (NJCF), Ben Haith, in 1997. The flag underwent a revision in the year 2000 resulting in its’ present modern day design. In 2007, the phrase the “June 19, 1865” was added to the flag to place the historic date that Juneteenth occurred in Galveston, Texas

Haith spearheaded the historic first Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremony in Boston, Massachusetts in 2000. The tradition of raising of the Juneteenth Flag at the Dillaway Thomas House at the Roxbury Heritage Park on the 19th of  June” continues to this day.  

Today, Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremonies have taken place throughout the month of June in communities across the nation, including Boston, MA, Memphis, TN, Galveston, TX and Omaha, NB.

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Ralph Browne
Ralph Browne, Director of the Massachusetts Juneteenth Holiday Campaign, stands
before his house on How Street flanked by two flags that celebrate Juneteenth, the
holiday he recently helped get recognized by Massachusetts as the end of slavery.
Dave Benoit, photographer

Local Activist Helped Push For Juneteenth Recognition

Dorchestor Reporter
Dorchester, Massachusetts
Thursday, June 21, 2007

By By David Benoit

(Dorchester, Massachusetts) - It was June 19, 1865 when Union General Gordon Granger went into Galveston, Texas and freed the last of the African-Americans being held illegally as slaves. It had been two years since Abraham Lincoln read the Emancipation Proclamation, and two months since his assassination by John Wilkes Booth. Last Saturday, some 142 years later, Massachusetts became the 25th State in the country to recognize Juneteenth as an official day of celebration, with a big hand from Dorchester resident, Ralph F. Browne, Jr.

Browne has served as chairman for the Massachusetts branch of the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign, an organization that aims at having the day named a Federal Holiday. He was delighted to be at Franklin Park on Saturday as Governor Deval Patrick the Commonwealth's first black governor and thousands of residents celebrated the signing of a bill to recognize the day.

"It was great, wonderful weather and a strong multitude were there and the local politicias showed up to to back up the governor." Browne said of the Saturday celebration. "Seeing the bill signed was a great honor."

Browne, a resident of Howe street in Meeting House Hill, took over the Massachusetts branch about four years ago and has pushed to expand the celebration of the day, and then for the new governor to sign an official statement recognizing it. He took over from local civic activist Ben Haith, who has developed the Juneteenth Flag design now used throughout the nation to celebrate the holiday. Browne's first move came he said came after seeing a disappointing number of people show up to his first celebration, something he quickly went about fixing.

"When I took over I was a little disappointed in the turnout. And I saw the Roxbury Homecoming usually had their event the third week in June so I said "Why not work closely with the Roxbury Homecoming and celebrate with thousands of people."

Soon Browne was celebrating every year on the weekend closest to June 18 with the thousands gathered to celebrate Roxbury. He did keep one tradition the same, the raising of the Juneteenth Flag at the Dillaway Thomas House at the Roxbury Heritage Park on the actual day, and while a conflict on the availability of the space precluded that from happening this year, Browne figures the flag will fly agin next year. Other ceremonies in Dudley Square and Roxbury communities as well. For Browne, the 19th of June represents an important moment for the country, one that shouldn't be forgotten.

"I know it means unity for us today and again the end of a very discouraging era of national time. There is also a message to be sent to some of us who have forgotten the days of slavery,' he said. "I think it is a lesson for our children. You know they say if you forget where you came from, you might wind up back there."

And even with the Commonwealth giving its official stamp of approval, Browne says the job isn't over yet, it has simply gotten to the half-way point. "It's perpetual," he explains. "We've got 26 more states to to go to make it a national holiday".

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