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Black veterans remembered in a ceremony

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Posted at 12:02 AM, Nov 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-09 00:02:58-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Veteran's Day is quickly approaching, and on Sunday morning, local veterans gathered to remember the African-American men who have fought and died for our country.

During the ceremony, a new headstone was placed for Stephen Dunn who fought in the 55th Massachusetts detail.

His original headstone has stood for 150 years.

Members from the National Association for Black Veterans and Sons of the Union Veterans of Civil War were in attendance.

The groups recognized men from the Revolutionary War all the way to the present day, including Kentucky native Charles Young who served as the first African-American national park superintendent.

It was also an opportunity to hold an early Veteran's Day memorial.

"S.P. Brown was one of them who was one of the Harlem Hellfighters who have a very storied history that a lot of people don't know about. Kind of like the Tuskegee Airmen who were hidden for a long time. So we are here to celebrate that history," said Jim Thurman with the National Association for Black Veterans.