Roanoke Salvation Army to celebrate differences and community on Juneteenth

Roanoke Salvation Army to celebrate differences and community on Juneteenth
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) – Wednesday is Juneteenth, a holiday that celebrates when the last enslaved people in the United States were freed.

There are many celebrations happening across our hometowns, including one at the Salvation Army.

The Roanoke organization is hosting a diversity festival Wednesday afternoon for everyone to celebrate differences and come together. This year’s event organizer says there will be free food, games and health resources for the community.

”Here we can provide a nice, hot meal that takes maybe a little burden off of some people and maybe some of the resources can help them to manage some of the difficulties that they’re facing,” Jaimie Goodman said. “Mental health [is] another big one that a lot of people are struggling with.”

The event is happening this afternoon at the Salvation Army office on Dale Avenue from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and is free to attend. Everyone is invited.

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