The community comes together for the annual Juneteenth flag raising in North Omaha

  • The video shows the Charles B. Washington Branch, the Omaha Library, the Juneteenth flag, veterans and active duty military being honored by the community.
  • Willie Williams with the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation shares the importance of the event and celebration.
  • Juneteenth, National Independence Day, is a federal holiday in the United States. It is celebrated annually on June 19 to commemorate the end of slavery

On Saturday, the community came together for a Juneteenth flag raising to honor the holiday and local veterans and military. The community gathered for the annual Juneteenth flag raising. During the ceremony, neighbors gathered to see the American flag lowered and the Juneteenth flag raised. Willie Williams of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation says the holiday recognizes African-American history.

“What we do is bring the community together.. for freedom… celebration… fellowship… and we’re just getting started with the Juneteenth celebrations,” Williams said.

Juneteenth marks the day federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to tell enslaved people they were free. Juneteenth, or June 19, is an official US federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery.