Buffalo Soldier Commemorations have been held throughout our nation since 1992 when the United States Congress passed a law designating July 28 as Buffalo Soldiers Day in the United States. Buffalo Soldiers Day commemorates the formation in 1866 of the first regular Army regiments comprising African-American soldiers.
“Buffalo Soldiers” regiments were established by Congress as the first peacetime all-black regiments in the regular U.S. Army in 1866. Between 1866 and 1899, 18 Medals of Honor were awarded to Buffalo Soldiers who served in the Indian Wars. Buffalo soldiers served with Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders in the Spanish American War and they also fought against Pancho Villa with General John J. Pershing in 1916
On the first Buffalo Soldiers Day in 1992, a monument to the Buffalo Soldier was dedicated at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas by General Colin Powell.
The Buffalo Soldier Museum is located in Houston Texas.