Colin Powell honored at Fort Leavenworth
FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) - A bust has been added to a Buffalo Soldier monument at Fort Leavenworth honoring former secretary of state and military leader Colin Powell.
The Kansas City Star reports that about 1,000 people gathered Friday for a dedication event. Powell told the crowd that there were no statues honoring the legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers when he was stationed at the fort during the 1980s.
Buffalo Soldiers were all-black units that served in the U.S. Army after the Civil War. They included the 10th Cavalry, formed at Fort Leavenworth in 1866.
Powell says he hopes the monument, now more than two decades old, will "inspire future generations of young men and young women of all the colors of the American rainbow to serve as these cavalry men did."