The U.S. Army 9th and 10th Cavalry regiments, which comprised black soldiers, will be recognized with the dedication of a bronze statue of a mounted Buffalo Soldier at Fort Leavenworth on July 25.
Gen. Colin Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be the featured speaker.
The Buffalo Soldiers, who received the title from Cheyenne warriors, were headquartered in Louisiana and Fort Leavenworth when the regiments formed in 1866. They served in conflicts in the Indian Wars, World Wars I and II, and in Korea.
A number of events will lead up to the monument dedication.
On July 22, the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce will hold a reception to honor Buffalo Soldiers at 7 p.m. at the Riverfront Community Center. The Leavenworth Downtown Assn. will sponsor a food court and street dance in honor of the soldiers from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. July 23 in the 400 block of Delaware in Leavenworth.
A golf tournament will start at 7 a.m. July 24 at the Fort Leavenworth Trails West Golf Club, and the Fort Leavenworth Historical Society will hold a reception at 6 p.m. in Bell Hall, followed by a play about Lt. Henry Flipper, the first black graduate of West Point and the first black officer to serve with the Buffalo Soldiers. Glen Thurman, of NBC's "A Different World," will be master of ceremonies.
On July 25, a banquet luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Sunflower Baptist Church, 1708 Fifth Ave. A horse show and band concert will precede the dedication, which will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Fort Leavenworth's Smith Lake.