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RNC Hosts Event Honoring Black Veterans

RNC Communications - February 21, 2014

WASHINGTON – On February 20th, at the African-American Civil War Museum in Washington, DC, the Republican National Committee (RNC) hosted a reception to recognize the service, sacrifice and valor of our nation’s black military veterans. To coincide with its month long Black History Month celebration, RNC Co-Chairman Sharon Day served as host with Gulf War Veteran and Franklin County, Ohio Auditor Clarence Mingo joining as co-host. 

As part of the evening reception, the RNC honored Dr. Leo Mackay, Jr., a retired Navy Officer and former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. The event also paid tribute to the Civil War’s history-making 54th Massachusetts Regiment. In attendance were black veterans from all military conflicts spanning from Vietnam through current operations.
“From the days of the Revolutionary War through current military deployments overseas and domestic, African Americans have served our country honorably and sacrificed greatly. Our nation must always remember their many contributions, sacrifices and stories. We honor them and owe our deepest gratitude,” said Chairman Reince Priebus.
At the event, RNC Co-Chairman Sharon Day bestowed the Lincoln-Douglass award to Mackay for his military service and remarked, “We are forever grateful as a country for the sacrifices made by African Americans in our military and the symbolism this award represents. They and all our veterans deserve our nation’s gratitude and recognition. May God always bless our veterans and their families.”
About Dr. Leo Mackay, Jr., Retired Navy Officer, USNA ‘83
Leo Mackay served as a Deputy Secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is currently a vice president, and an elected corporate officer, of the Lockheed Martin Corporation. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Dr. Mackay was a Secretary of the Navy Distinguished Midshipman Graduate. Dr. Mackay earned his Ph.D. in political and economic analysis from Harvard University.    


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