We’ve come a far way, but still have a far way to go.

That’s why commemorations, like Juneteenth, are important to recognize, no matter how many years pass by.

Juneteenth celebrates the ending of slavery in the U.S. On June 19, 1865, Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston with word that the war ended and those who were enslaved were now free. This was two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863. Many slaves in Texas were never informed of the proclamation.

Today, celebrations throughout several Crossroads communities honor that date and serve as reminders of such an important milestone.

We’re proud that many in our communities continue to honor the holiday, as it’s an important piece of history that should never be forgotten. Although progress has been made, we still have a long way to go.

If you haven’t attended any of these events, we ask that you do. We should all be able to commemorate such a momentous moment in history.

Speaking of history, if you haven’t been to the Museum of the Coastal Bend, you should. The museum has a Hands-On History event celebrating Juneteenth through quill and ink writing. Also, museumgoers can play old-fashioned yard games in front of the museum. The best part is the event, and others are free.

We’re stronger together.

This opinion reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate’s editorial board.

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