Take pride in African American veterans

We cannot tell the story of our nation without telling the story of how African Americans have helped shape it. African-American history is interwoven within the history of our country, unfolding across the tapestry of America from the port cities where our ancestors disembarked as slaves to the battlefields, past and present where we continue to spill our blood in the fight for freedom. African-American service members have long demonstrated great courage and honor despite fighting two battles: one against the enemy and the other against the restrictive, segregated systems in the military and at home.

Yet African Americans in the armed forces overcame great prejudice, racism and...