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Saturday tribute to black veterans of the Cedar Valley

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Saturday afternoon, a group of Cedar Valley veterans celebrated the actions and sacrifices made by African-American servicemen and women.

The Sister Soldier Network and the African American Historical and Cultural Museum in Waterloo are working in partnership to highlight the efforts of black veterans. As organizer Dr. Dorothy Simpson-Taylor explained, the experiences of military members of color are often made invisible by history.

Saturday's ceremony was one way to bring their stories to light. Several men and women spoke at the event, including Captain Anthony Tisdale, an Army veteran and recipient of the Purple Heart Award.

"There are still some more stories that need to be told from those veterans of those particular conflicts. And I think with events like this, those stories will begin to come out," Tisdale explained.

Tisdale was among four veterans who were recognized for their service at Saturday's event. Simpson-Taylor said they appreciate the outpouring of support former and current military members are receiving from the community.

"We are very special people that are in the Air Force, the Army, the Navy, the Marines, and the Coast Guard. We just celebrate and honor... and thank the Cedar Valley for embracing veterans and for embracing our concerns," said Simpson-Taylor.

Black men and women have served in every American conflict since the Revolutionary War. The first soldier killed by the British was an African-American man from Boston.

Organizers of Saturday's event also promoted services available to veterans, and asked the men and women who were there to spend more time volunteering.

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