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Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Trust, Inc. today announced it will host the Fifth Annual African-American Heritage Celebration on Saturday, February 7, 2015. This year’s program is titled “Black Veterans With Success: Their History, Health and commitment to Excellence.”

“Soldiers & Sailors recognizes the challenges faced by those who served in the military, regardless of their branch of service, gender or national origin, and the African-American Heritage Celebration allows us to emphasize the importance of African-American contributions to the military and the affect war had on African American veterans,” said President & CEO John F. McCabe. “We want to present an open forum that focuses attention on providing information and resources to help address a variety of issues many veterans are facing, both home and abroad.”

Soldiers & Sailors Historian and AAHGS award recipient John L. Ford, Sr., will moderate the panel discussion of speakers to include veterans from our Air Force and Army.

 Captain Darren Rogers, 911th U.S. Air Force Reserve

Sergeant E-5, S.D.V. Richard D. Portis, U.S. Army

Colonel Edmund D. Effort, DDS (retired) U.S. Air Force

Also joining the group will be Ms. Heather Steel with the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Minority Veterans Program.  She will answer questions about VA health care and other specific military health related issues.

The 5th Annual African-American Heritage Celebration begins at 1 p.m. in the Gettysburg Room, which features the exhibit “Slave to Soldier” showcasing the importance of the historical legacy of African-American soldiers. Soldiers & Sailors Museum will be open to the public with free admission during normal museum hours from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. All military and veterans are invited and encouraged to attend.

Visit the event’s page for more information and event flyer.