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African-American veterans recognized for their services in downtown Lynchburg

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LYNCHBURG (WSLS 10) - More than a dozen African-American veterans were recognized for their service as part of special "Support our Troops" rally in downtown Lynchburg in honor of Black History Month.

Family, friends and members of the community gathered around the Monument Terrace Dough Boy to show their appreciation during what is normally a weekly event.

Organizers said in the past, black veterans who were awarded the Purple Heart were recognized.

But this week, every black veteran was recognized for his sacrifice with a certificate of appreciation.

"It means a lot to me for the recognition I'm having for when I was in the service, and it's nice seeing all of them together again in a family," says veteran Carroll Reeves, who served in the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army.

Some 50 people from around the community came in support of these veterans.