National Buffalo Soldiers Day
National Buffalo Soldiers Day:
Celebrated on July 28, every year, the day is to remember the courage, the strength, and the sacrifice of Buffalo soldiers.
|2021||28th July||Wednesday||United States|
|2022||28th July||Thursday||United States|
|2023||28th July||Friday||United States|
Why National Buffalo Soldiers Day?
Buffalo soldiers day is to celebrate the first army that was formed in 1866 by African Americans. The nickname ‘Buffalo Soldiers’ was given by Native Americans to black cavalry who battled in Indian Wars. This day celebrated to honor the soldiers who fought fearlessly and fiercely during the war. To commemorate their contribution and to make everyone learn about their history and how they heroically fought on many battlefields, this day is being celebrated.
How to observe National Buffalo Soldiers Day
Some of the history to know about Buffalo Soldiers on this day:
- African Americans comprised of ex-slaves, Black civil war soldiers, and freemen were the first to fight in the military disaccords in past colonial days.
- Originally African Americans were the part of the 9th and 10th cavalry Regiment that was formed in 1866 in the United States. They worked under a motto ‘We can, We will’ and ‘ Ready and forward’ even though they faced discrimination and hardships.
- Initially, during the civil war in 1861, Buffalo soldiers were barred from fighting. But due to setbacks and nearly losing the wars, they were allowed to fight for the Union Army when the Militia act was passed by Congress in 1862. And they played a pivotal role and were allowed to fight more for the Union Army. More than 180,000 buffalo soldiers served in the Army.
- During 1800 to early 1900, the soldiers were tasked with desolated posts. Their duties were to subject the native Americans, the Mexican revolution, and Rustlers. In the 1890s, after the American-Indian war ended, the buffalo soldiers went to Cuba in 1898 to fight Spanish- American war and worked under John J. Pershing to dominate Mexican revolutionaries Pancho Villas, and later become a protector of Yosemite and National parks.
Buffalo Soldiers National Museum is located in Houston Light Guard Armory in Midtown. It is the only museum in the United States to dedicate the legacy and honor the African American soldiers. The museum has information about the solider’s historical legacy, documents, videos, and other memorabilia to showcase them in detail. The National Museum celebrates its 150th anniversary this year in Houston Texas.
Ways to support this Museum:
- This Museum has the memberships rangers from $35 to $50,000 for students to seniors. But the most common membership is $45 for the individual which is most likely to have unlimited museum admission for a year.
- The Museum has a program called “Leave-A-Legacy…Buy-A-Brick” allows to Purchase an engraved brick from the museum permanently.
Things to know about Buffalo Soldiers:
- Buffalo soldiers worked in the western frontier because most of the Americans do not want them to see in or around the community.
- The National Museum of African American says that they had a very rough relationship with the American government. The regiments were ordered by whites and rank. But many of them were afraid of the black soldiers and which also lead to deadly racism.
- The name Buffalo soldiers were given by the Native Americans who fought with them. There are many theories about why this name given to them. Some say because of their dark skin and some theories say that because of the way they fought fiercely on the battlefield.
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Interesting facts about National Buffalo Soldiers Day:
Let us see some facts about Buffalo Soldiers,
- The buffalo soldiers were well known for their bravery and also for their discipline in the military army. Alcohol was abandoned in the Army but not for the black soldiers.
- From 1879 – 1890, nearly 20 years, the buffalo soldiers earned the topmost citation.
- There is a myth about the nickname of buffalo soldiers is that they are named after their dark appearance. But later in 1871, the Comanche Native Americans christened explained that they are nicknamed after their brave and fearlessness in the wars.
- After showing off their brave fight in Indian wars, they later joined Gen. He was the military Icon who became the first black man to lead the cavalry.
- About 500 Buffalo soldiers, from 1891 – 1913 started to become the protectors Yosemite and Sequoia national parks.
- Buffalo soldiers were boasted the lowest in rank and also faced Racism and bad situations though they fiercely fought in the wars.
- After President Harry Truman issued the order to end segregation, all the black units were disbanded officially from the military. Mark Mathew was the last Buffalo soldier who died in 2005 at the age of 111.
History of National Buffalo Soldiers Day :
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