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The Riverside NAACP Holds Successful Veterans Day Program

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The Riverside Branch of the NAACP held their Annual salute to veterans last Monday at Allen Chapel AME Church. Thirty veterans came out to be honored and Military Chair Anderson Copeland was pleased the vets come and shared their stories.

Each story was history in the making. Copeland told one story in particular. He was a POW in World War II for a year and was only rescued when a group of Marines located them and killed all of the Japanese guards.
Copeland, 87, served in the Navy as a CB (Construction Battalion) and in the Army Air Corps as instructor in the Boot Camp at Kessler Field in Mississippi and was a Tuskeegee Airman, he was a crew chief on Chappie James airplane.
Next year Copeland expects the Veterans Day program to be bigger and better.
"Each year the NAACP seeks to honor and remember the people who have contributed their effort to help our county remain free. We can never forget on whose shoulders we stand and the lives that were given for that freedom," said Waudier Rucker-Hughes, President.

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