Nevada Department of Veterans Services (NDVS)
Second Annual Buffalo Soldiers Day in Nevada
Honoring Nevada’s African American Veterans
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
In 2019, to commemorate and honor African Americans military service in every American war, the Nevada State Legislature unanimously passed, and Governor Steve Sisolak signed, Senate Bill 336 (SB 336) designating July 28 as Buffalo Soldiers Day in the State of Nevada with a proclamation.
In July 2020, Governor Sisolak also signed a proclamation designating July 28, 2020 as the Second Annual Buffalo Soldiers Day in Nevada and recorded this special video message.
On July 28, 1866, after the end of the Civil War, Congress enacted legislation allowing African American men to serve in segregated units in the United States Army. These units consisted of former slaves and African American soldiers who fought in the Civil War. These soldiers were nicknamed “Buffalo Soldiers” by the Native Americans against whom they fought, because of their reputation for toughness and bravery in battle, and the buffalo fur coats they wore in the winter.
Twenty-three Buffalo Soldiers received the Congressional Medal of Honor. Besides their impressive military contributions, the Buffalo Soldiers also had a significant role in the expansion of the West by escorting settlers, cattle herds and railroad crews, exploring and mapping vast areas and stringing hundreds of miles of telegraph lines. Buffalo Soldiers were some of the first park rangers in the national parks of the Sierra Nevada, where they protected the parks from illegal grazing, poaching, timber thieves and forest fires, while helping build roads and trails.
Calendar (PDF): A Salute to Nevada’s African American Veterans – Sept. 2020-Dec. 2021
Press Release (PDF): Second Annual Buffalo Soldiers Day in Nevada Honoring Nevada’s African American Veterans
Video (YouTube): Governor Sisolak’s Buffalo Soldiers Day Message
Event Video (Facebook): July 28, 2020 Event Celebrating the Second Annual Buffalo Soldiers Day; Photos from the event are also posted on the NDVS Facebook page.
Las Vegas Review Journal: Video, Photo Gallery and Article
8NewsNow: TV News Story
NDVS Newsletter Article: Buffalo Soldiers Part Of A Strong American Tradition, by Chuck N. Baker
Pahrump Valley Times