Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published February 17, 2012


Event honors African Americans who have served in the military

On Saturday, February 18, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) will speak at the 12th Annual Buffalo Soldiers Memorial Banquet in Baltimore. The event is sponsored by the National Association for Black Veterans (NABVETS), in association with the African-American Patriots Consortium. The purpose of this event is to honor African Americans who have served our country through the military. This year’s theme is “Maintaining the Legacy.” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will also be in attendance.

Senator Cardin will deliver remarks and present citations to more than 10 African-American veterans spanning decades of service. There are currently 2.6 million African-American veterans alive today. This is about 11 percent of the total veterans’ population.
The Buffalo Soldiers were established by Congress in 1866 as the first peacetime all-black regiments in the regular U.S. Army. This segregated regiments existed until 1951 when the U.S. military became integrated.

· WHAT: 12th Annual Buffalo Soldiers Memorial Banquet

· WHEN: Saturday, February 18 from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m

· WHERE: The Forum
 4210 Primrose Avenue
 Baltimore, MD 21215