Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Long overdue honor: Congress to honor the first black Marines

In what can only be described as overdue, Congress voted yesterday to commemorate America's first black Marines.  Lawmakers from both parties agreed that the Montford Point Marines will receive the Congressional Gold Medal, the most prestigious honor awarded by Congress.

Per Kevin Freking of the Associated Press:

The black Marines received their basic training adjacent to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, where conditions were harsh and the treatment from their fellow Marines could be even harsher.  The black Marines were not allowed to enter Camp Lejeune unless accompanied by a white officer.  In the few times they participated in training exercises, they could not eat until the white Marines had finished.  They were routinely passed over for promotions.

Despite the adversity they faced, the black Marines of World War II played a huge role in the war effort, and it is only right that they finally get their due for their place in the history of our country.  We salute Congress for this decision.  

1 comment:

  1. It's nice to see our Congress taking a break from their political grandstanding and game-playing to do this one positive thing. Even if 55 years late.