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In an effort to provide a more complex and diverse perspective of military service, this in-person and live, panel discussion will addresses the intersectionality of what it meant/means to be Black and to serve in the Military. This panel discussion will engage local black veterans to share their personal experiences and memories of being in the military. Panelists represent Holyoke residents who served in the military from the late 50’s up until the 2000s. They will share their perspective of being a “Government Issue” G.I. as it related to housing, uniforms, jobs, and other aspects of serving in various branches of the military. Moderated by Doug Griffin, the panelists will include Mr. John Kennedy, Mr. James Odom, Mr. Marvin Dotson and Mrs. Lenora Tiggle.