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It was a somber day at historic Andersonville National Cemetery.

Nearly 70 years after Private James Howard was killed in action, dozens gathered to witness the re-burial of the man who decades ago wasn't allowed to call these grounds his final resting place.

Congressman Sanford D. Bishop was among the guest speakers at the event, as well the US Marine Corps Honor guard and host organization the Patriot Guard Riders.

Benjamin, a WWII Marine was part of the first unit of African American soldiers to serve in the Marine Corps. Private Benjamin died in 1944 in battle and was buried in Hawaii.

His remains were then relocated to Montezuma, Georgia due to the fact that during that time black soldiers were not allowed to be buried alongside white soldiers.

Due to the injustice of a proper grave site supporters and family members joined together to get Benjamin the honorable burial he deserves.

Benjamin's closest living relative was presented the US flag and a Special Congressional Recognition Certificate. The Burial is an example of how far America has come over the years and hopefully will remain to progress.

The Andersonville Cemetery will conduct  a larger procession to commemorate all the fallen soldiers that have fought for our freedom.

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