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'Montford Point Marine Day' Honors 1st African Americans To Serve In Marine Corps

On Saturday, the first-ever African American Marines were honored during a special ceremony in Burlington. 

BURLINGTON, N.C. -- On Saturday, the first-ever African American Marines were honored during a special ceremony in Burlington.

It marked the 75th anniversary of "Montford Point Marine Day" - the day President Roosevelt directed that African-Americans could serve in the Marine Corps.

A ceremony was held at Joe C. Davidson Park. Some of the original Montford Point Marines attended the event.

Three families were presented the Congressional Gold Medal.

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