Albany Veterans House renamed in honor of Henry Johnson

June 06, 2018 06:47 AM

ALBANY - 180 First Street will now be known as the Henry Johnson Veterans House.

The Albany Veterans House was renamed Tuesday on Henry Johnson Day.

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Henry Johnson was a World War I hero who received the Medal of Honor, the highest military award an American soldier can receive.

Each Henry Johnson Day marks the anniversary of his enlistment.

“While no one can undo the pain suffered by Sgt. Johnson, we can recognize an injustice, and right an historic wrong,” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. “It took time, but as a city, we have given Henry Johnson the respect and honor he's due.”

This year's ceremony also honored Jahkeen Hoke. Hoke founded 4th Family Incorporated, a non-profit that uses mentoring and sports to inspire at-risk students in stem subjects.


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