Black History Month: A Salute to Famous African American Veterans

Celebrate the rich history of Black entertainers like Charlie Murphy, Dick Gregory and so many others who bravely served our country.

When describing the brave individuals who serve our country in the Armed Forces, President Joe Biden recently said, “They have served selflessly, sacrificed greatly, and shouldered the burden of freedom quietly, asking no glory for themselves.”

As part of its Black History Month celebration, Paramount Veterans Network (Paramount Global is the parent company of BET) intends to celebrate Black culture with a video that showcases the diverse array of Black artists and entertainers who have served in the military.

"A Salute to Famous African American Veterans" includes a number of celebrities who most people would never have known served in the Armed Forces. The video helps us acknowledge these individuals for their unique skill set while sharing details of their important contributions to American history. 

“The Paramount Veterans Network is so proud to, once again, celebrate Black History Month as we honor a community that has added immeasurably and so impactful to the heart, soul and fabric of our nation,” said Chief Veteran Officer, Richard M. Jones

“We recall with grateful hearts those who gave their all for the cause of freedom, like the famed Massachusetts 54th Infantry Regiment (the "Buffalo Soldiers"), the 2nd Ranger Infantry Company Airborne (the "Buffalo Rangers"), the 332nd Fighter Group (the "Tuskegee Airmen"), the 761st Tank Battalion ("Patton's Panthers), The Montford Point Marines, the 369th Infantry Regiment (the "Harlem Hellfighters"), the 24th Regimental Combat Team, the 25th Infantry Division, the 92nd Infantry Division, the 89th Medium Tank Battalion, the 35th Infantry Regiment and the 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments.”

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The Paramount Veterans Network offers veterans, active duty service members, National Guard, and Reserve employees, their families and the community at large a forum to connect, network, and to seek personal and professional development.  Their members take great pride in honoring veterans and service members and sincerely hope this video helps to serve that mission.

“By our actions, impact and commitment to the communities that we serve, we pledge to live by those words and to always honor the tremendous legacy, unmatched heroism and great sacrifice of these brave pioneering freedom fighters,” said Jones.  “That is our call to action this Black History Month!”

Check out the video above.

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