Celebrating the history of the west is remembering and honoring the unsung heroes who made our country what it is today.
The history of the Buffalo Soldier laid hidden away in dusty old archives until the first book was written in 1967, which brought the history of these men to the public.
The Buffalo Soldiers: A Narrative of the Black Cavalry in the West, Revised Edition
Shortly after September 11, 2001, we were organizing a miltiary themed walking tour for Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs. I had invited a dear friend of mine who was a Buffalo Soldier reenactor to share this history at the Spanish American War site, since the 10 US Cavalry Buffalo Soliders played an intrical part in the Spanish American War and the charge up San Juan Hill with Theodore Roosevelt.
Buried amongst these few veterans of the Spanish American War, was George Mason, a member of 10th US Cavalary, an actual Buffalo Soldier. From that day, so many years ago, these men, who in their 70's, come out, dressed in full uniform to pay their respects to the fellow comrade in arms and to pay honor to all the veterans who have payed the price for the freedons we take for granted today.
The Buffalo Soldier played a very important part in the settling of the west and in Colorado itself. Here are a few places you can visit to learn more about this history