Courtesy of Veterans Museum at Balboa Park

The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park announced Friday it will honor African American veterans at a lecture next Wednesday.

The lecture, which will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., features World War II African American veteran Martin Sims and Vietnam African American veteran Robert Lewis.

“As part of the veterans community we appreciate the opportunity to recognize and honor our African American veterans during Black History Month,” said Sheldon Margolis, executive director of the Veterans Museum at Balboa Park.

The lecture is not only an informative way to celebrate the end of Black History Month, but it’s also a unique experience to hear the challenges African Americans faced while serving in two major wars. As veterans get older their stories are lost and the lecture is a distinct way to learn about our history through the perspective of African American veterans.

Besides Lewis and Sims’ personal experiences the evening will also include the documentary, “African Americans in World War II: A Legacy of Patriotism and Valor.”

The lecture is free to the public and will include light desserts.

For more information, call the museum at 619-239-2300.

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