Historic Buffalo Soldiers unit to appear in parade

Submitted photo The Buffalo Soldiers Mounted Unit of Maryland will appear in the West Virginia Strawberry Festival Horse & Carriage Parade.

BUCKHANNON — Amid all the drill teams and equestrian units scheduled for this year’s WV Strawberry Festival Horse & Carriage Parade, one unit, the Buffalo Soldiers, offers an interesting and historic background.

The Buffalo Soldiers Mounted Unit of Maryland will make it’s first appearance to this popular parade. Officials ask that this unit be applauded for its military contribution to our nation.

In 1866, Congress approved legislation creating six all African-American Army regiments inducing cavalry and infantry units. These units represented the first African-American professional soldiers in a peace time army. The recruits were freed slaves and soldiers that served in the Union Army during the Civil War.

The nickname “Buffalo Soldiers” was originally given to soldiers by Cheyenne Warriors for their fierce lighting in 1867 during Westward Expansion.

This Buffalo Soldiers Chapter, the Plummer Chapter goes to schools, churches and community events.

Members of the Buffalo Soldiers Mounted Unit of Maryland ride through a parade.

They provide equine therapy to veterans with disabilities and continue to tell the stories of the Buffalo Soldiers.

The West Virginia Strawberry Festival Horse & Carriage Parade will go down the 2.5-mile parade route at 3 p.m. May 11. The public is urged to make plans for attending this great event.

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