NOW, THEREFORE, I, DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, President of the United States of America, do hereby call upon all of our citizens to observe Thursday, November 11, 1954, as Veterans Day. On that day let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the sea, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.…
Prior to 1916, stewardship of Yosemite & Sequoia National Parks was the responsibility of the U.S. Army. In 1899, 1903, 1904 the job fell upon the 24th Infantry & 9th Cavalry, the Buffalo Soldiers. The 250-mile trek from the Presidio of San Francisco (Monterey in 1904) took 13 days, 15-30 miles a day. At the parks they built roads, protected the parks from fire, poachers, grazers, etc. Continue reading Dedication of Buffalo Soldiers Mural
The Buffalo soldiers played a key part in the development of the national park system by serving in many critical roles in the western United States, including protecting some of the first national parks. Based at the Presidio in San Francisco, Buffalo Soldiers were assigned to Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks, where they patrolled the backcountry, built trails, stopped poachers, and otherwise served in the roles later assumed by national park rangers.
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