WHO: NewDay USA – Fulton, MD – Leading veteran’s mortgage lender NewDay USA accepts a request from the National Park Service to assist in cleaning the African American Civil War Memorial.
· Master Chief Vince Patton – 8th Master Chief Petty Officer of the US Coast Guard (Ret.)
· Kelley Gannon – NewDay USA Foundation
· Elliot J. Tommingo – Outreach Coordinator/Information Officer, D.C. Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs
· Justine P Bello – Architectural Conservator, National Mall and Memorial Parks, National Park Service
· James Pierce – Volunteer Coordinator, National Mall and Memorial Parks, National Park Service
· Representatives from the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum
WHAT: The National Park Service will oversee the cleaning and preservation of the African American Civil War Memorial, and as with other veteran memorials in the district, NewDay USA volunteers have been asked to help. Brief remarks at the site will be offered by dignitaries and guests followed by volunteer service to clean the memorial by NewDay USA employees. The African American Civil War Museum will also be open for touring following the memorial cleaning activities.
The African American Civil War Museum describes its mission as one, “To correct a great wrong in history that largely ignored the enormous contributions of the 209,145 members of the United States Colored Troops. It tells the stories and preserves for posterity the historic roles these brave men of African, European, and Hispanic descent played in ending slavery and keeping America united under one flag.”
“It is truly inspiring to help maintain a memorial that pays tribute to the African American troops that served in America’s deadliest war. More than 620,000 Americans were lost in the Civil War – that’s more than the number of Americans killed in both World Wars. It is both fitting and appropriate that we take time over Independence weekend to honor the men who protected the Union and advanced the cause of liberty,” said Master Chief Vince Patton – 8^th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard (Ret).
“The African American Civil War Memorial and Museum offers a unique look into the crucial role that African American troops played during the Civil War. More than 200 thousand African American troops served, and some 30,000 of those men were lost in the effort to preserve our union and permanently abolish slavery. NewDay USA and the NewDay USA Foundation are honored to be part of a vital effort to care for and help preserve this important memorial,” said Kelley Gannon, of the NewDay USA Foundation.
WHEN: July 7, 2018 – 9:00AM
WHERE: African American Civil War Memorial – 1925 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
About NewDay USA
NewDay USA’s mission focuses on assisting the veteran and active duty military community. NewDay USA team members volunteer hundreds of hours each year at a Maryland homeless shelter serving veterans, laying and retrieving wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery, washing veteran monuments in Washington, DC and on the National Mall. NewDay USA is a Platinum Sponsor of the Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation, an active supporter of the Medal of Honor Foundation, and the USO.