Saturday, February 28th, 2015
On Saturday, February 28, Oakland Parks & Recreation’s deFremery Recreation Center, will be celebrating Black History Month by honoring African American veterans for their military dedication and sacrifice. Located at 1651 Adeline Street, the deFremery Recreation Center served as a USO service center for military personnel and veterans during the 1940’s. Starting at 5:00 p.m., this salute to African American veterans is open to families and all ages are welcome. Entertainment will include a dance performance, the Oakland Military Institute’s Honor Guard, Color Guard, a film documentary and musical tributes.
Charles Blatcher, III, Chairman of the National Coalition of Black Veteran Organizations, will be the master of ceremonies. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, City Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney and Major General Anthony Jackson will be participating in the ceremony. For more information or to participate as an honored veteran, please contact Valorie Winn, Center Director, at (510) 238-7739. To participate in the testimonial film by sharing a personal experience as an African American veteran, please contact Diane Williamson at the West Oakland Senior Center at (510) 238-7016 or (510) 435-7266