Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10) released the following statement following reports that President Obama plans to announce that he would designate the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Xenia, OH. Turner joined the House in January of 2012 in approving H.R. 1022, the Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks Study Act. The legislation directed the Secretary of the Interior to study alternatives for the commemoration and interpretation of the role of the Buffalo Soldiers in the early years of the National Parks. African-American troops, in the late 19th century and early 20th century, came to be known as the Buffalo Soldiers. This act in part recognizes the invaluable contributions of southwest Ohio resident Colonel Charles Young.
“The president has rightly taken the step of officially designating the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument here in Southwest Ohio. Colonel Charles Young stands out as a shining example of the dedication, service, and commitment of the Buffalo Soldiers throughout United States and world history. We should continue to honor the legacy and leadership of the Buffalo Soldiers and this monument will not only tell their story for generations to come, but will also inspire young Americans to achieve a sense of duty and honor.”