GALVESTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance
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Press Release: 2017 GALVESTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (5/14/17)

Contact: Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman
             National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign
             National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
             National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)
             National Association of Juneteenth Jazz Presenters (NAJJP)
             662-392-2016    662-247-1471
             e-mail: JuneteenthDOC@yahoo.com
             web sites: www.NationalJuneteenth.com


2017 GALVESTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance

National Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremony &
Prayer Service Honors Black Veterans

National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign Returns to Galveston
on the 152nd Year Anniversary of Juneteenth Independence Day

Myers Urges President Trump and Congress For Legislation
to Establish Juneteenth as a National Day of Observance


Horn In The Corn
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Chairman
National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign



(Galveston, Texas) - The 2017 National Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremony and Reconciliation Prayer Service will take place in the community where the Juneteenth Celebration began, in Galveston, Texas, on Saturday, June 24th, during the 2017 GALVESTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance at the Rosenberg Library. The event will include a Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremony and Prayer Service, honoring African American military veterans. 2017 marks the 152nd Year Anniversary of Juneteenth Independence Day in America.

Members of the National Association of Black Veterans (NABVETS) have been invited to participate by presenting the Juneteenth Flag. National Juneteenth Jazz Artist, the Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman of the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign and the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF), will be the keynote speaker and perform on trumpet.

Myers is urging President Trump and the U.S. Congress to enact legislation to make Juneteenth Independence Day a National Day of Observance. In 1997, Juneteenth Independence Day was first officially recognized as America's 2nd Independence Day by the U.S. Congress through the passage of Senate Joint Resolution 11, sponsored by then Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS), and U.S. House Joint Resolution 56, sponsored by Congressman J. C. Watt (D-OK). Similar legislation has been passed by congress annually since 2006.

"Now is the time for the U.S. Congress to pass legislation for signature by President Donald Trump to make Juneteenth Independence Day a National Day of Observance, like Flag Day or Patriot Day," states Rev. Dr. Myers, also the Founder & Chairman of the National Association of Juneteenth Jazz Presenters (NAJJP). "At this time, forty-five states, most recently Utah, along with the District of Columbia, recognize Juneteenth as state holiday or special day of observance."

Juneteenth commemorates the day when Americans of African descent learned of their freedom, in Texas, the last state in rebellion following the end of the Civil War. It was June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas, when Union General Gordon Granger read General Order #3, announcing that "all slaves are free" by Proclamation of President Abraham Lincoln. The Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Abraham Lincoln on September 22, 1862, to take effect on January 1, 1863. It took over two and a half years for the news of freedom to travel to southwest Texas.

Thousands of petitions have been forwarded to the White House urging President Obama to make Juneteenth Independence Day a National Holiday Observance and to establish a Presidential National Juneteenth Commission to provide advice to the president on how the annual observance of Juneteenth Independence Day can bring all Americans together with the goal of promoting greater understanding and racial healing. A similar petition drive has also been established to request the USPS to create a "Juneteenth Flags of Freedom" postage stamp.

"The official recognition of Juneteenth Independence Day and the end of enslavement by state governments and the U.S. Congress are very significant steps in bringing healing to America from the legacy of enslavement," states Rev. Dr. Myers, also Founder & Chairman of the National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC), the National Day Reconciliation & Healing From the Legacy of Enslavement and the annual WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance. "The National Day of Reconciliation and Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement takes place every year on the '18th of June' and includes the National Juneteenth Black Holocaust Maafa Memorial Service. The theme of the service is 'A Time to Heal, A Time to Pray'."

"We now observe the annual World Day of Reconciliation and Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement on the "20th of August", in Hampton and Richmond, Virginia," states Rev Dr. Myers. "This commemorates the date the first slave ship, the White Lion, landed in Virginia at Old Point Comfort, today's Fort Monroe, in Hampton, VA, from the shores of West Africa. This occurred on the "latter end of August, 1619", with the arrival of twenty Angolans, America's first Middle Passage."

The 2017 GALVESTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance begins at 11:00am, on Saturday, June 24, 2017, with the National Juneteent Flag Raising Ceremony and Reconciliation Prayer Service, at the Sealy Pavilion outside of the Rosenberg Library, located on 2310 Sealy Avenue, in Galveston, Texas. For directions call the library at 409-763-8864.

The Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremony is also part of the 2017 National Juneteenth Board Meeting and Conference.

For more information contact Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D. at 662-392-2016 or e-mail: JuneteenthDOC@yahoo.com or web site: www.NationalJuneteenth.com.

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