Veterans Day: Monument to African American WWII Soldiers Will Be Dedicated

A monument honoring Polk County’s World War II African American troopers will probably be devoted in Veterans Memorial Park on Saturday throughout a pre-Veterans Day ceremony.

The monument’s dedication, collectively sponsored by the Polk County Veterans Council and the Lakeland Chapter of the NAACP, will acknowledge those that served in fight or assist providers throughout WWII, each abroad and within the U.S., Veterans Council Chairman Gary Clark mentioned.

Dedication is at 10 a.m. on the WWII Plaza, 150 Lake Beulah Drive, west of the RP Funding Center

Army veteran J.J. Corbett of Bartow is amongst these named on the monument. Corbett, who enlisted in 1943, served with the “Triple Nickle” 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion serving to to extinguish enemy balloon fires within the northwestern U.S. He later grew to become an educator and was a member of the Polk County School Board for 14 years.

Clark mentioned this system options a number of audio system and native retired navy members, together with Vietnam Navy veteran Greg Robinson and retired Air Force Lt. Col. Terry Coney, who’s present president of the NAACP Lakeland department.

After the dedication ceremony, contributors will be a part of ROTC organizations and native teams participating within the annual Veterans Day Parade that steps off at 11 a.m. The parade route from the RP Funding Center ends at Munn Park. Parking is positioned on the west aspect of the RP Funding Center.

Although Veterans Day is formally Nov. 11, town of Lakeland assists the Polk Veterans Council in internet hosting annual occasions on the Saturday prior to the federal vacation.

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