La. National Guard honors Buffalo Soldiers

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

NEW ORLEANS - The state of Louisiana has many important landmarks where significant historical events have occurred. One place in particular is the Louisiana National Guard's historic Jackson Barracks in New Orleans.

Jackson Barracks became the home of the newly formed U.S. Army 25th Infantry Regiment in 1869, one of four Army infantry regiments known as the Buffalo Soldiers that were formed and comprised principally of African-American enlisted Soldiers.

The LANG commemorated the consolidation and formation of this proud regiment at a ceremony, July 24, at the Ansel M. Stroud Jr. Military History and Weapons Museum on Jackson Barracks.

"It is a tremendous honor to be here with the veterans and descendants of the famed 25th Infantry Regiment - the Buffalo Soldiers," said Brig. Gen. Barry D. Keeling, director of the joint staff for the LANG. "I want to offer my deepest appreciation for your service and support to our nation."

The 25th Infantry Regiment would go on to serve at Jackson Barracks until April 21, 1870, when it was ordered to San Antonio, Texas, for replenishment and service in scouting, escorting, guard duty and road building prior to involvement with both Indian and Mexican militia forces along the Rio Grande border.

"This is where the Buffalo Soldiers started, and we're coming back together to praise that," said a former member of another Buffalo Soldiers unit, retired Maj. Andrew Aaron of the 24th Infantry Regiment.

A plaque was revealed during the ceremony reflecting the commitment that the National Guard shares with the Buffalo Soldiers, our nation and our military heritage.