Rockland County's Buffalo Soldiers Award Ceremony honors veterans

A "Buffalo Soldier" is the nickname first given to members of African American cavalry regiments of the U.S. Army who served in the western United States from 1867 to 1896, noted for their courage and discipline.

News 12 Staff

Feb 15, 2024, 11:27 AM

Updated 61 days ago

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More than 100 people attended Rockland County's Buffalo Soldiers Award Ceremony at the Fire Training Center in Pomona, honoring two veterans for serving their country and their community.
A "Buffalo Soldier" is the nickname first given to members of African American cavalry regiments of the U.S. Army who served in the western United States from 1867 to 1896, noted for their courage and discipline.
This year's honorees are James Epps of Suffern, recognized for his service in the Army during the Korean War, and Grady F. Anderson Jr., a Vietnam-era veteran who served in the Army in Europe. Anderson Jr. was given the Lifetime Recognition Award.
Epps expressed his gratitude, stating, "I'm just happy to be here. I'm 89 years old and I'm happy to be here."
Anderson Jr. reflected on the significance of the award, saying, "It means a lot. It shows that you're appreciated for your life's achievements."
Additionally, seven honorary Buffalo Soldiers awards were given out, and a 99-year-old World War II veteran was given the Unsung Hero Award.


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