COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Two statues were dedicated in Veterans Park Wednesday. One depicts a Native American from the Tonkawa tribe and another depicts an African American Buffalo Soldier from the 9th Cavalry Regiment in the U.S. Army, one of the few African American regiments.
Both the Tonkawa tribe and the 9 Regiment worked together during the Indian Wars. The hope is by honoring them, the park will show support for soldiers from every period.
"It is important for them to know that their service is honored and that we are an honorable country and we, for the most part, hold all of our commitment that we make to soldiers of now and of the future," said Sam Lewis with the Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial Board.
The statues were created by local artist J. Payne Lara.
Special guests from the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum in Houston and the U.S. Army 9th Regiment in Fort Hood also attended the event.
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