Lest We Forget - African American Military History by Researcher, 
					Author and Veteran Bennie McRae, Jr.

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2221 Negro Infantry Volunteers of WWII
Veterans Day Celebration and Reunion

 
Speakers: Dr. Melvin N. Johnson, President
                 Tennessee State University.
 
                 Mr. Ron Armstead, Executive Director,
                 Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust.
                 Washington, DC
        
The Association of the 2221 Negro Infantry Volunteers is pleased to announce the Association will hold its annual reunion in Nashville, Tennessee, November 11 through 13, 2005.  The members of the Association have the distinction of being the first men to fight shoulder to shoulder with white infantry soldiers in 1944 in the European theater of WW II.  Their heroic exploits helped the allied forces to secure victory during the Battle of The Bulge and other military engagements during WW II.  The actions of the Associations' members later caused then  President Harry S. Truman to call for full integration of all the Armed forces of the United States.
 
Dr. Melvin N. Johnson, President of Tennessee State University and a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Air force will be the featured speaker on Friday, November 11, 2005, at 6:00 p.m.  This reception will be held at the National Guard Armory, Sidco Drive, Nashville, Tennessee.
 
Mr. Ron Armstead, Executive Director of the Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust and a consultant to former Secretary Jesse Brown's Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans will speak at a black tie banquet on Saturday, November 12, 2005 at 6:00 p.m.  This affair will also be  held at the National Guard Armory, Sidco Drive, Nashville, Tennessee.
 
For additional information and tickets contact:
Mae Bell, Executive Director
Association of 2221 Negro Infantry Volunteers of WW II
(615) 731-5261 or (615)300-2884 maecampbell4@aol.com
M/C- 11/11/05 Connie Denell 92Q--- M/C 11/12/ Neil Orne channel 2 WKRN
 
          REUNION  EVENTS                                          
    
November 11, 2005  (Friday)
 
(a)  Parade: Down town Nashville
(b) 6:00 pm: Welcome to Nashville TN.  Reception
      Guest Speaker  Dr. Melvin Johnson (TSU President)
      National Guard Armory, Sidco Drive Nashville, TN.
 
November 12, 2005  (Saturday)
 
(a)  Jefferson Street Celebration in honor of America's Veterans.
      10:am: vendors, exhibits, BBQ, fish, on Church grounds
      (Contact Pastor Thomas for space.)
 
(b)  Black Tie Banquet 6:00 pm, National Guard Armory
       Mr. Ron Armstead Executive Director for the
       Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust
       Washington, DC
    
November 13, 2005  (Sunday)

(a) Worship / Recognition service 11:AM: Jefferson St. Baptist 
(b) Dinner/ Jefferson Street Baptist Church
   
Reception: 11/ 11/ 2005                    Black Tie Banquet: 11/ 12/ 2005
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Per ticket:       $20.00                              Tickets: $ 30.00
Couples:         $15.00 per ticket              Couples: $ 25.00 per ticket
Casual Church wear       (Students $10.00)                 Semi-formal church wear  
Since the events will be taped and aired on TV, please be considerate in bringing babies
                         Ticket Contacts:
Mae Bell:(615) 731-5261                           Margaret Chessar :(615) 717-3373  
George Smith (615) 890-9006                    La Shae Townsend (615) 364-0784
Jefferson St. Baptist (615) 329-2990         Mrs. Connie D. 92Q

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