Juneteenth Festivities to Focus on Veterans

By: Pat Kinney, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier
Date Published: Monday, June 11, 2012

WATERLOO, Iowa --- Five days of music, prayer, play ,and programs for veterans and the under-served highlight the 17th annual Waterloo Juneteenth celebration June 13-17.

Activities will be at multiple locations, including Sullivan Park, Gates Park, the Black's Building downtown and at local churches.

"Unity in the Community" is the theme.

"We're trying to bring the community together," said LaTanya Graves of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center of Hawkeye Community College, organizer of the event in cooperation with a host of agencies and organizations.

"It doesn't matter your ethnic background, your race, your beliefs. We are trying to unite the community to make this a better place for anyone," Graves said.

A special emphasis is being placed on military veterans this year.

A Veterans Benefits/Family Health Fair will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Gates Park as part of numerous other Juneteenth activities there. Veterans may receive health screenings and learn of services available to them, assisted by local health organizations and the federal Department of Veterans Affairs, which will have a Mobile Vets Center on site.  Read more...

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