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Buffalo Soldiers motorcyclists mark 10th anniversary
FROM STAFF REPORTS
Sgt. Matthew McKinley Garnett, an original 10th Cavalry Buffalo Soldier in the Civil War, will be recognized later this month when the Central Virginia Buffalo Soldiers motorcycle club holds its 10th-year anniversary, September Breeze, Sept. 21–23.
The weekend schedule includes the laying of a wreath Saturday at McKinley’s grave in Shiloh Cemetery in Fredericksburg.
The club’s anniversary celebration will be held at the Liberty Center, 5801 Southpoint Centre Blvd.
The purpose of the September Breeze event is to provide help for the club’s charity, the Thurman Brisben Center, and the club’s scholarship fund for college-bound seniors in the Fredericksburg area.
“It is also an opportunity to join with the community as neighbors, develop partnerships, reinforce motorcycle safety and to provide the youth with positive role models in the form of the Buffalo Solders, both past and present,” a press release about the event said.
The National Association of Buffalo Soldiers and Troopers Motorcycle Club is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization made up primarily of African–American men and women.
The group is dedicated to the sport of motorcycling and to motorcycle safety.
“We ride under the name of the ‘Buffalo Soldiers’ to express our pride in and respect for the many accomplishments of the valiant members of the 9th and 10th U.S. Cavalry Regiments,” the press release continued.
Club members include active and retired military, educators, government contractors, public safety employees and others.
Admission for the entire weekend is $60, payable via the chapter’s website at bsmccentralva.wix.com/buffalosoldierscva.
WHAT: September Breeze
WHEN: Sept. 21–23
WHERE: Liberty Center
EVENTS: Meet & greet, bowling tournament, soldier ride, dinner and dance, soldier’s choice awards.
COST: $60 for all events
The deadline to purchase dinner tickets for the event is September 8th.