Fort Concho to Celebrate 154th Anniversary of Buffalo Soldier


SAN ANGELO, TX — On Tuesday, July 28th Fort Concho will celebrate the 154th anniversary of the act of Congress that created the all-black Buffalo Soldier infantry and cavalry units in 1866.

The event going on later on this month will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will feature a retreat ceremony on the fort’s Parade Ground.  Members of the fort’s living history units, including the Buffalo Soldiers program, will lower the flag and fire the site’s artillery.

“So-called by their Native American foe for their courage and hairstyle like that of the sacred buffalo, the Buffalo Soldiers of the 9th and 10th Cavalry and the 24th and 25th Infantry regiments all served at Fort Concho, comprising half of the total soldiers at the post between 1869 and 1885,” said the fort in a statement. “The famed 10th Cavalry had its headquarters at Fort Concho between 1875 and 1882, and among its officers was Lt. Henry O. Flipper, the first African American graduate of the West Point Military Academy.”

All military veterans in attendance will be recognized and honored. Cold drinks and light refreshments will be available. All visitors are asked to follow social distancing and wear face masks.

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"We do not want to be in the business of canceling events. Those are difficult, emotional decisions that are very hard to make. But for the San Angelo community, we must make the tough decisions that we believe will help us win against COVID-19. With rising hospitalizations, positivity rates and more deaths, the best game plan will always be the strategy that gets us to the finish line and protects the greatest number of citizens. We need to win this game." Mayor Gunter July 21, 2020
This is why the people of San Angelo are getting upset with the local government. There should be NO EVENTS, NONE. Baseball gets cancelled, softball gets cancelled, but Fort Concho gets a GO AHEAD?? Why? Guarantee there will be people at the Fort for this event who won't be wearing a mask and won't be keeping their social distancing. Then 7-10 days later, the numbers go up again and of course, our local government will be chastising our community and accusing us of not doing our part to stay safe. Not a single elected person will come forth publicly to admit they should have cancelled the Fort Concho event just like the other events they cancelled. This is what creates the appearance of ulterior motives, financial gains, etc and pisses off the local business owners who are struggling to make ends meet under the government imposed restrictions.

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