INDIANAPOLIS—This past weekend, Senate Assistant Democratic Leader Eddie Melton (D-Gary) presented Resolution 19, honoring the dedication and contributions made by the Buffalo Soldiers to the United States and beyond, to Tommy O. Penson Jr.

The ‘Buffalo Soldiers’ was the name given to the Black members of the 1866 10th Cavalry Regiment. The regiment was recognized as the first peacetime all-Black regiment of the United States Army.

“I was honored to have the opportunity to present my resolution to Mr. Tommy Penson Jr. this past weekend,” Sen. Melton said. “Buffalo Soldiers played a significant role in our country’s military—serving in a number of vital conflicts, including both World War I and World War 2—and I introduced this resolution to recognize those individuals. Oftentimes, the contributions of Black Americans who fought in our wars go overlooked, and it’s my hope that this resolution helps shed some light and recognition on the legacy of this all-Black regiment.”

The event was held on Saturday, March 29 in Gary in front of a diverse crowd of veterans that have fought on behalf of our nation in multiple wars.

“I was thrilled to hear directly from the members of the group that keep the legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers alive. I also want to thank Sen. Bray for joining me on this resolution. He understands the importance of honoring the memory of brave individuals who fought for our nation, and it was great to work with him