FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (4/11/11)

Contact: Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Chairman
             National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign
             National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
             National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)
             662-247-3364     662-247-1471
             e-mail: JuneteenthDOC@yahoo.com
             web site: www.NationalJuneteenth.com

             Bishop Dave Thomas, Chairman
             National Juneteenth Armed Services Commission
             National Juneteenth Observance Foundation
             National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)
             907-575-8506
             e-mail: bishopthomas9@yahoo.com
             web site: www.JuneteenthAlaskaALCAN.com


Oscar Peterson
Oscar Peterson


Black Engineers
Honoring African-American army engineers who built the Alaska Alcan Highway,
ultimately ending segregation in U.S. military



Capt. Ronald V. Myers, Jr.
Capt. Ronald V. Myers, Jr.
Special Guest Speaker



Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D.
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D.


Dave Thomas
Bishop Dave Thomas


2011 Memorial Day Canadian
Juneteenth Alcan Highway Ceremony

Juneteenth Honors African Americn Army
Engineers Who Built the Alcan Highway

Canadian Juneteenth Memorial Jazz & Arts Concert



(Fort St. John, British Columbia, CANADA) - The African American army engineers who built the Alcan Highway during World War II will be honored on U.S. Memorial Day, May 30, 2011. The Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., Founder & Chairman of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) will travel to Fort St. John, British Columbia, Canada, to place a wreath at the Sikinna Chief River Bridge.

The building of the bridge was the crowning achievement of these courageous African American army engineers. Still serving in segregated units, against all odds, betting their army payroll that they would complete the bridge on time, the seemingly impossible task was completed on the "28th of October", 1942.

"These brave African American army engineers are credited with playing a significant role in ending segregation in the US military in 1947," states Dr. Myers. "They also built a highway from Canada to Alaska, through an uncharted wilderness, to save the nation from invasion by the Japanese during the battle of the Aleutian Islands in Alaska, during World War II."

"The battle for the Aleutian Islands was the second bloodiest battle during World War II," states Bishop Dave Thomas, Chairman of the NJOF National Juneteenth Armed Services Commission, who served at Fort Wainright, in Fairbanks, Alaska and Fort Richardson, in Anchorage, AK. "Juneteenth groups throughout the nation are working to make the ‘28th of October’ a date for all Americans to remember the historic accomplishments of the African American soldiers who built the Alcan Highway."

The Memorial Day special guest speaker will be US Army Capt. Ronald V. Myers, Jr. Capt. Myers has completed three tours of duty in Iraq and is stationed in Fort Stewart, Georgia.

A special Canadian Juneteenth Memorial Jazz & Arts Concert, honoring late Canadian master jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, featuring National Juneteenth Jazz Artist, Ron Myers, will take place on Saturday, May 28th, at the North Peace Cultural Center, in Fort St. John, BC, at 2:00pm.

The concert will be preceded by an Juneteenth Art Exhibit with photos of Alcan Highway army engineers at 1:00pm.

For more information contact Bishop Dave Thomas at 907-575-8506, e-mail: bishopthomas9@yahoo.com or web site: www.JuneteenthAlaskaALCAN.com, Dr. Ron Myers at 662-247-3364, e-mail: JuneteenthDOC@yahoo.com or web site: www.NationalJuneteenth.com or April Moa at 250-785-2544.


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