|African American soldiers during WW1, circa 1916|
I was excited when I read that this week's photo represented veterans. As a veteran who professionally works with combat veterans everyday, I get excited when they are celebrated. The names of the soldiers in this photo are unknown but their heroism and bravery does not go unnoticed. During World War 1, more than 200,000 African American soldiers fought with the American Expeditionary Force in France. The military was a segregated branch at that time, so many African American soldiers fought alongside the French Army and not their white American counterparts. Most African American soldiers could not fight on the battle field instead they served in support roles. By the end of the war, 171 African Americans received the French Legion of Honor for their heroism and bravery.
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