As announced Tuesday before a passionate crowd, June 2 is now officially Adm. Samuel Gravely, Jr. Day in Virginia.
June 2, 2021 recognizes the 50th anniversary of the promotion of Richmond-native Samuel L. Gravely, Jr. to the rank of admiral in the U.S. Navy, becoming the service’s first African American flag officer. In a proclamation read aloud to three generations of Gravely family members, local citizens, and a Navy contingent from USS Gravely (DDG 107), the announcement, penned by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, honored the boundary-breaking Richmond native. The Virginia War Memorial hosted the ceremony as coordinated by members of the Richmond Council of the Navy League.
“I am pleased to honor Adm. Samuel Gravely, Jr. for his many ground-breaking accomplishments” read the governor’s proclamation.
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