By June 03, 2021 Community
Verity will be closing branches this year in honor and celebration of Juneteenth, on Saturday, June 19.
In continuing our journey into diversity, equity and inclusions, we took time to look at our values and solicit feedback from BIPOC employees about this important holiday. We determined that closing for the day was the right thing to do. In addition, Washington State recently declared Juneteenth a holiday.
Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom. This day (short for June nineteenth) denotes the end of slavery in the United States. The impact of the Emancipation Proclamation that went into effect at midnight on December 31, 1862, was not felt in many areas of the country for more than two years. It took that long for slaves in Galveston, Texas to receive word that they were free at last. On Juneteenth, we commemorate the anniversary of that long-awaited moment. Although decades of work lie ahead in Black Americans’ fight for equity and inclusion, on this day we celebrate this first significant step forward and we honor the struggle of African-American men, women and children as they fought for freedom in the early years of our country.
We appreciate your business and thank you for being a part of the Verity financial cooperative. Thank you for understanding the importance of Verity closing on this special day. Please remember that most transactions can be completed through Digital Banking or at a Verity ATM.