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Buffalo Soldiers Tribute Ride on Saturday

Sep 22, 2016 10:34AM ● By Erica Shames
On Saturday, Sept. 25, you have the opportunity to witness, or at least pay tribute to, history. 

Join the hundreds of people who will honor Buffalo Soliders--the name given by Native Americans to the black soldiers who served in the Army’s 10th Cavalry Division in the 1800s--at the Buffalo Solider Memorial Ride. The Buffalo Soliders were mainly fighting Indians on the frontier.

Riders will gather at the Sheetz convenience store, 1158 River Rd., Marietta, PA, at 7 a.m. The ride ends at Lancaster Square. 

"The ride is intended to honor our past heroes," said event organizer Arthur Brinson, a veteran. "The Buffalo Soldiers fought and died in defense of our country!"

Participants don't have to ride motorcycles to participate. At last year's ride, said Brinson, vehicles ranged from cars to trucks. "Everything except horses and buggies," he joked.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet the only known female Buffalo Soldier--Cathay Williams or William Cathay (Cathey), Private, Thirty-eighth U.S. Infantry 1866-1868 .  She served for two years before being found out.

The Buffalo Soldiers Ride is one of dozens that take place nationwide, in a tradition that began more than a decade ago. Back in 2012, for example, several thousand African American motorcyclists from across the country rode from a Landover, MD, parking lot to the African American Civil War Memorial in Washington in honor of all the people of color who paid the ultimate price for freedom in this country. 

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