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The Military Connection to Juneteenth!

Juneteenth is a day commemorating the order delivered by Major General Gordon Granger emancipating all slaves in the state of Texas on June 19, 1865. 250,000 slaves were liberated in Texas, officially ending slavery across the nation.

The holiday has been observed in one form or another starting in Galveston, Texas, ever since the arrival of federal troops in Texas in 1865 (see below) announcing the passage of the 13th Amendment freeing slaves nationwide. It began in the earliest of those days as church gatherings, but later gained popularity as local festivals began celebrating June 19th across America.

Juneteenth has many been celebrated under many names including Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Cel-Liberation Day, Liberation Day, Second Independence Day, Emancipation Day, and sometimes, Independence Day. The recognition of Juneteenth in this way is a step forward for a country that has a complicated relationship with issues related to slavery and human trafficking.

For many, Juneteenth is seen as a day of independence and reflection upon the hard-fought steps we have taken toward equality for all. For the Army, this day honors Soldiers who fought and sacrificed to ensure that the United States fulfills its constitutional obligations.

Excerpts from https://veteran.com/juneteenth/