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The United States and its closest European allies paused on Sunday to mark 100 years since the end of World War I. African-Americans, all too often overlooked, fought bravely in that war. Several memorials to their sacrifice in World War I and this nation’s other wars are scattered throughout the nation.

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On Saturday, Houston’s Buffalo Soldiers National Museum hosted a ceremony at which a new monument was unveiled to honor Black soldiers 100 years ago during World War I, Taisha Walker of KPRC-TV tweeted.

“A privilege to say thank you this morning on behalf of the UK for the service & sacrifice of the Buffalo Soldiers – African-Americans who served under French command during WWI,” Karen Bell, the British Consul General in Texas, tweeted at the ceremony.

Indeed, European allies have long recognized the bravery of African-American troops. The 369th Infantry (formerly the 15th Regiment New York Guard), known as the “Harlem Hellfighters,” was among the first regiments dispatched to France. The all-Black squad was also among the most highly decorated by France for its bravery.

Like those who came before them and those who came after, African-American troops have fought wars for a country that denied them their rights.


Here are some of the monuments to their sacrifice and service:

1. African American Military History Museum

2. All Wars Memorial To Colored Soldiers And Sailors

3. The African American Civil War Memorial

4. Crispus Attucks/Boston Massacre Monument

5. Victory Monument

6. Tuskegee Airmen Memorial

7. Robert Gould Shaw And Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial

8. Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

9. The African-American Medal Of Honor Recipients Memorial

10. Colored Union Soldiers Monument

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