Soldiers' role honored at Juneteenth celebration

Juneteenth President W.T. Edmonson (left), Tuskegee Airman Staff Sgt. James Shipley (center) and Jefferson City Mayor Eric Struemph lay wreath at Lincoln University's Soldier Memorial during the Juneteenth Emancipation Program Friday.

Juneteenth President W.T. Edmonson (left), Tuskegee Airman Staff Sgt. James Shipley (center) and Jefferson City Mayor Eric Struemph lay wreath at Lincoln University's Soldier Memorial during the Juneteenth Emancipation Program Friday. Photo by Stephen Brooks.

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Rhonda Harper plays Taps at Lincoln University’s Soldier Memorial during Friday’s Juneteenth Emancipation Program.

Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom. But before the celebration, education and reflection are an essential component, agreed the local Juneteenth organizing committee.

Military service members were honored Friday at the Soldier’s Memorial Plaza on the Lincoln University campus as part of the recognition of the role the military had in securing American freedom from slavery, said Gwen Edmonson.

Tuskegee Airman James Shipley, Tipton, was an honored guest at the event.

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