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Ceremony honors Anderson vet

ANDERSON, Ind. (WISH) – A special ceremony took place in Anderson Saturday to wrap up Black History Month.

The Montford Point Marines were the nation’s first African Americans to serve as Marines during World War II, and Allen Harrington of Anderson was one of them.

People gathered Saturday afternoon to honor his life and service. Harrington’s family members were given a special certificate and letter from President Obama.

His daughter, Darlene Harrington, was on hand to accept the certificate and letter on behalf of his family.

“He never did discuss black or white. He just said he always wanted to be the best person he could be,” said Darlene.

Congresswoman Susan Brooks also gave family members a Montford Point Marines replica medal.