Post remembers past, change with Juneteenth 5K
1 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Olivia Stewart shows her Juneteenth pride June 18, 2022, during the Juneteenth 5K Family Fun Run and Walk. More than 50 attended the run and walk at Marion Street Station to show their support of the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation. (Photo Credit: Alexandra Shea) VIEW ORIGINAL
Post remembers past, change with Juneteenth 5K
2 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Post Command Sgt. Maj. Philson Tavernier heads out as the Juneteenth 5K Family Fun Run and Walk starts June 18, 2022. The 5K started and ended at Marion Street Station where attendees were treated to fresh fruit, cold water and chocolate. (Photo Credit: Alexandra Shea) VIEW ORIGINAL
Post remembers past, change with Juneteenth 5K
3 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – From left, Sam Satterlee, Carrie Satterlee, Maritza McAulay, Stephanie Dulaney and Theresa Vaughn pose for a photo in front of a Juneteenth banner handing in front of Marion Street Station June 18, 2022. The group participated in the Juneteenth 5K Family Run and Walk to celebrate equal rights for all people and the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation. (Photo Credit: Alexandra Shea) VIEW ORIGINAL
Post remembers past, change with Juneteenth 5K
4 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – More than 50 Soldiers, civilians, retirees and their Family members of all ages, ethnicities and religions begin their journey during the Juneteenth 5K Family Run and Walk June 18, 2022. The 5K started at Fort Jackson’s Marion Street Station and ended with fresh fruit, cold water and chocolate for the participants to enjoy. (Photo Credit: Alexandra Shea) VIEW ORIGINAL

The Fort Jackson community honored the end of slavery in the United States with a Juneteenth 5K Family Fun Run June 18 at the Outdoor Recreation Center.

Juneteenth, a federal holiday held on June 19 of every year, honors the anniversary of the day in 1865 when the last slaves in Galveston, Texas were informed they were free. It is also a day to celebrate African American culture.

Though the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 ended slavery in the states in rebellion against the United States, and the 13th Amendment officially banned it throughout the nation, the battle for equality continued.

President Joe Biden signed Juneteenth in law on June 17, 2021.

“Some slaves were already free because their previous owner acknowledged that slavery had ended, but some areas in the U.S. still did not recognize it and kept it hidden,” explained Pamela Long, event coordinator and fitness and wellness instructor for the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. “Once it all came out in June, Juneteenth was born. I think being a part of the celebration shows respect for Juneteenth (and what it stands for).”

“This run shows that people are aware of what is going on in our country,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Rickey G. Jackson, Drill Sergeant Academy commandant. “When you look at our military community and outside community, it’s all one. It shows they support equality and one another. One team, one fight.”

Post remembers past, change with Juneteenth 5K
More than 50 showed their support for equality and diversity by participating in the Fort Jackson Juneteenth 5K Family Runa and Walk including Major, a family pet and unofficial mascot of the day. The June 18, 2022, event started at Marion Street Station. (Photo Credit: Alexandra Shea) VIEW ORIGINAL

More than 50 runners and walkers of all ages, genders, religions, and nationalities showed their support of not only the event, but of their sisters and brothers in arms both past and present.

“I mentioned to the team (at the academy) I was going to run for Juneteenth and represent,” Jackson said. “I had support here today from the Drill Sergeant Academy.”

Despite the climbing morning heat, the runners and walkers began their journey at the center and made their way around Semmes Lake to end where they started. A spread of snacks and cold drinks were presented to the participants once they returned.

Post remembers past, change with Juneteenth 5K
Runners complete the Juneteenth 5K Family Run and Walk June 18, 2022, at Marion Street Station. More than 50 attended the run/walk despite the rising morning heat to support equality and diversity and to remember an unfavorable era in American history and the many changes that have been made to ensure equal rights for all. (Photo Credit: Alexandra Shea) VIEW ORIGINAL

After the 5K, they enjoyed fresh fruit, cold water and a little bit of chocolate, Long said.

Once everyone returned from the route, many posed for photos in front of a Juneteenth sign hung on the center’s fence and socialized with friends and coworkers.

Post remembers past, change with Juneteenth 5K
More than 50 Soldiers, civilians, retirees and their Family members of all ages, ethnicities and religions participated in the Juneteenth 5K Family Run and Walk June 18, 2022. The 5K started at Fort Jackson’s Marion Street Station and recognized the fight for equal rights for all. (Photo Credit: Alexandra Shea) VIEW ORIGINAL

“I thought the run was great,” Jackson said. “Juneteenth means we recognize an era that wasn’t so favorable in our country. It was our history and we won’t forget that. Juneteenth shows the progress in our country to make change. We are recognizing … what it means to everyone, not just an isolated group, but as a country. We recognize Juneteenth and what it means to our Army.”