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Save Montford Point Veterans Building

The Montford Point Marines need your help to redeem our taxes and repair our building by December 11, 2018.  Save our Building: the Montford Point Marine Veteran Center. These WWII veterans deserve to have a place where they are safe to tell their stories,  engage in the camaraderie of other veterans and continue to support their community and other veterans.

The building serves as a veteran and community referral center and meeting space. Now they are in danger of losing their building. With commitments by government and local  funders not coming through, $100,000 in repairs and taxes are needed. Please help save the Montford Point Marine Veterans Center.

The Montford Point Marines are the first African Americans to serve in the United States Marine Corps in a segregated bootcamp located at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, between 1942 – 1949. These WWII heroes answered the call and have served our nation in its time of need.

In 2012, the Montford Point Marines were the recipients of the Congressional  Gold Medal.  In 2013, a Naval Vessel was named the Montford Point Marine. In July of 2018, at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina a Monument was dedicated to their service.

Following a reunion in 1965,  these WWII veterans created the  Chicago Montford Point Marine Association,  a 501(c)3 charitable organization. For over 53 years the Montford Point Marine Association  has been dedicated to educating the public, supporting youth, and serving the community and our veterans.

Montford Point has been self sustainable for over 50 years. Through its Scholarship program, it has given $40,000 to students, the Christmas Basket provided $50,000  for veterans and needy families, The Back to School program provided over 1000 book bags. We have provided over  $50,000 at Veterans Bingo at the VA hospital.

Please help save the Montford Point Marine Veterans Center.

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VAC of Cook County Awards Luncheon March 24, 2018 Photos

Veterans Assistance Commission of Cook County (VACCC) 44th Annual Beef and Cabbage Awards Luncheon on March 24, 2018, at the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Chicago, Illinois.

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Screening of Fighting on Both Fronts: The Story of the 370th

Join Mario Tharpe, the films writer and director for the video
“Fighting on Both Fronts: The Story of the 370th.” who will offer a
public screening and Q&A:

“Fighting on Both Fronts” tells the remarkable, but little known story
of one of the few African-American regiments to have fought in combat
during World War I.

The 370th. African-American unit were America’s unsung heroes – a
group of men from Illinois, largely from Chicago’s Bronzeville
neighborhood. They fought on two fronts – the war against the Germans
and the war against racism and inequality. During a period when
African-Americans tirelessly fought for basic human and civil rights,
these fighting soldiers marched off to war to show their patriotism
and loyalty to the U.S. But when they returned from war they realized
that, despite their sacrifices, the country still denied them civil
rights.

Come out and see the pre-showing of this 30 min. video and follow up
with questions and answer. The pre-screening will be at the following
locations: Please pass this information on to other veterans and
families

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center
9800 Willow Springs Rd, Willow Springs, IL. 60480
Sunday, January 21st. and Sunday, January 28th. – both at 11:30 pm.

Or

Sand Ridge Nature Park
15890 Paxton Ave., South Holland, IL. 60473
Saturday, January 27th. at 10:00 am and 1: 00 pm

If you are unable to come to either locations, the video will start
showing on WTTW PBS Chicago Channel 11, starting February 8th.

“Fighting on Both Fronts: The Story of the 370th” airs on WTTW PBS
Chicago Channel 11
Thursday, February 8th at 8:00pm
Friday, February 9th at 8:30pm

Executive Producers: Dan Soles & Bob Hercules
Written and Directed by Mario Tharpe
Director of Photography Keith Walker
Edited by Melissa Sterne
Original Music by Mark Bandy
Archival Research by Pat Lofthouse