Veteran’s Day is Friday, and while we celebrate those who have risked their lives for our country, we can also take a moment to learn some Black history as well with the TV documentary, Our America: Mission Montford Point.
The documentary, which will air on ABC Owned Television Stations, will highlight the search for the first Black U.S. Marines, the Montford Point Marines. The troop’s name comes from their training ground Montford Point, the segregated part of Jacksonville, NC’s Camp Lejeune.
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The documentary details this heroic military unit’s history – which was never acknowledged until recently – and highlights the ongoing plight to find these Marines and/or their descendants to honor them with a Congressional Gold Medal. Presently, an estimated 2,000 men have received the medal, leaving approximately 18,000 still due the honor.
Sadly, history has largely overlooked the trailblazing bravery of the Montford Point Marines. There is no list of the approximately 20,000 men who trained at Montford Point, and it wasn’t until 2011 that the men were honored collectively with the Congressional Gold Medal – Congress’s highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions by individuals or institutions.
The documentary will air on eight ABC Owned Television Stations, ABC7/WABC-TV New York, ABC7/KABC-TV Los Angeles, ABC7/WLS-TV Chicago, 6ABC/WPVI-TV Philadelphia, ABC7/KGO-TV San Francisco, ABC13/KTRK-TV Houston, ABC11/WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham and ABC30/KFSN-TV Fresno. You can also watch the documentary on ABC Owned Stations 24/7 streaming platforms now, as well as 32 connected TV apps across streaming services like Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Hulu.
Check your local listings for the times and dates the documentary will air. Also, if you want to learn more about the Montford Point Marines and their families, visit ABC7.