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Buffalo Soldiers Day
About Buffalo Soldiers Day
Date When Celebrated: Buffalo Soldiers Day is always celebrated on July 28
In 1862, the U.S. Congress passed the "Union Army and Military Act of 1862".This allowed black Americans for the first time to fight during the Civil War. They fought for the Union Army. And, they did so admirably.
In 1866, the U.S. Congress passed he Army Organization Act. This law allowed black Americans to enlist in the military and fight for our country. The army formed a military unit comprised of Black Americans. It included black solders who fought for the Union army in the Civil War, ex-slaves, and freemen. They served with pride and distinguished themselves for their bravery and fearlessness. These ferocious warriors served in the 9th and 10th Cavalry, as well as in other units. They fought in the Indian Wars and distinguished themselves. Native Americans feared them and nicknamed them Buffalo Soldiers. It is believed that either the Cheyenne or Comanche's gave them this nickname for their fierce and fearless performance in the wars. While their performance on the battlefield was remarkable, they suffered from racism.
Did You Know? The Buffalo Soldiers went on to fight side by side with Teddy Roosevelt and his Roughriders in Cuba during the Spanish-American war.
They had two notable mottoes. They are: "We Can, We Will", and "Ready and Forward". They lived up to these mottoes.
How to Celebrate Buffalo Soldiers Day
The First celebration occurred in 1992. General Colin Powell dedicated a monument in honor of these troops.
Here are some ways you can celebrate:
History and Origin of Buffalo Soldiers Day
In 1992, Congress passed a law proclaiming July 28 as Buffalo Soldiers Day. In the Congressional proclamation, this holiday was not created as a "National" day. A couple of websites incorrectly refer to it as "National Buffalo Soldiers Day".
Neither the U.S. Congress, nor any President of the United States has proclaimed this holiday to be a true "National" day.
Definition of "National" Days - and why it so important to distinguish and identify true national days.
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