John Steele, Eli Graham and James Huger were honored Nov. 11, Veterans Day, as Montfort Point Marines during a special program at Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Daytona Beach. Proclamations were read from the city of Daytona Beach and the local NAACP branch.
The Montford Point Marines were a group of Blacks who broke the color barrier during World War II. Hundreds of the marines who are still living received the Congressional Gold Medal at a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol on June 27 this year.
The Montford Point Marines were the first Blacks to serve in the United States Marine Corps.
The program featured pastor and veteran Lt. Craig Robinson of New St. James Missionary Baptist Church as the guest speaker and gave recognition to area veterans who were treated to a breakfast that morning.