The Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club of Maryland will lead a parade of close to 1,000 motorcycles, May 26, on its Annual Buffalo Thunder Ride from Landover, Md. to the African American Civil War Memorial in Washington, DC.
Riders will rally at the Sears parking lot in Landover at 8 a.m. and arrive at the Civil War Memorial, 1925 Vermont Ave, NW, at 10 a.m., parading through several urban neighborhoods along the way.
This will be the 11th installment of the Memorial Day tribute at the African American Civil War Memorial site. The event is meant as a reminder of the contributions of contemporary African-American soldiers as well as those who served their country in earlier conflicts, including the more than 200,000 who fought in the Civil War.
“The movie, ‘Lincoln’ was a fine portrayal of the efforts of President Abraham Lincoln to enact the Emancipation Proclamation,” said Felipe Fields, president of the Buffalo Soldiers Maryland chapter. “But our event is meant to remind everyone that it was the heroic efforts of Black soldiers themselves who ultimately ensured the victory that eradicated slavery and saved the Union.”
The memorial tribute will be attended by riders representing dozens of the 98 Buffalo Soldiers chapters across the country, from as far away as California. Many club members are military veterans or currently serving on active duty or in the reserves. The patriotic observance will include a wreathe–laying, remarks by Vice Admiral David Brewer III, US Navy Retired, and the soul-stirring vocal rendition of “Buffalo Soldier.”
Also on May 26, the Maryland chapter will announce the winner of its academic college scholarship contest. And on May 25, the chapter will host a jazz concert for families at Lamont’s Entertainment Complex in Pomonkey, Md. For more information, call 703 851-2290.