Gov Pete Ricketts Juneteenth Message

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Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts has issued his annual statement in observance of Juneteenth.

“On June 19, 1865, Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, bringing news of the North’s victory in the Civil War and of the Emancipation Proclamation issued by President Abraham Lincoln.”

“Americans liberated from enslavement held widespread celebrations to rejoice in their newfound freedoms, creating a tradition that has endured for over 150 years.  It’s a day we should all celebrate.  On Juneteenth, we reaffirm the truth that all men are created equal as we celebrate the blessings of liberty.”

“Since before we became a state, Nebraskans have bravely sacrificed to uphold our nation’s founding principle of equality.  

The First Nebraska Regiment fought valiantly in the Union Army during the Civil War, playing a pivotal role at the battle of Fort Donelson, Tennessee, in 1862.  These volunteer soldiers helped the North triumph over the Confederacy and put an end to slavery.”

“Since the Civil War, Nebraskans such as Tuskegee Airman Alfonza Davis; Navy Sailor Charles Jackson French; and Staff Sergeant Lillian Clamens have dedicated themselves to advancing our nation’s principle of equality and defending America from its adversaries. Their sacrifices have made possible the freedom and equal rights we enjoy.”

“Susanne, the kids, and I wish all Nebraskans a joyful holiday weekend as we celebrate living in the Land of the Free.”

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