U.S. Army Alaska holds its first Juneteenth celebration

FAIRBANKS, Alaska. (KTVF) Fort Wainwright held a Juneteenth celebration for the first time on Friday. Juneteenth celebrates the final emancipation of enslaved people in Texas, which occurred on June 19, 1865.

A guest speaker spoke to soldiers at the Fort Wainwright Juneteenth celebration on Friday. (Sara Tewksbury/KTVF)

The celebration on Fort Wainwright started after a conversation between senior leadership and junior soldiers, with a soldier asking if they could hold a celebration. They had a speaker, soul food, and information about the history available around the dining facility.

Master Sergeant Skylar Holman, manager of the U-S Army Alaska Equal Opportunity Program says they hope the celebration will continue into future years. "The Army is one big family, we all work together regardless of who we are and where we come from all throughout the United States and all throughout the world. So understanding each other and understanding where we come from and cultural diversity... it goes a long way to help prevent discrimination and problems in the workplace," said Holman.

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