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Packers to observe Juneteenth

Green Bay Packers, Lambeau Field. File photo

GREEN BAY (WKOW) -- The Green Bay Packers have announced they will be closing their offices on Friday, June 19, in observance of Juneteenth. They plan to observe the day every year to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States.

“The Packers will be observing Juneteenth and taking the opportunity to reflect on our own roles and opportunities to further our awareness of racial injustices and inequities and what we can do to affect positive change in our communities,” Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy said in a statement.

Juneteenth is held in honor of June 19, 1865, the day Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas to announce the Civil War was over and all slaves were now free.

Lance Veeser

Sports Director, 27 News

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