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Buffalo Soldier announced as LPD guest rider for Heritage Parade

Posted at 5:24 PM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-27 18:24:18-05

A man believed to be one of the last surviving Buffalo Soldiers will be part of Lafayette's Heritage Parade held in March.

The Lafayette Police Department says that 84-year-old Retired Battalion Army Sergeant Major James Williams will be a guest rider with the Lafayette Police Department's Mounted Unit during the Heritage Parade held March 1, 2020.

Sgt. Maj. Williams is believed to be one of the last surviving Buffalo Soldiers. He enlisted in the Army at age 15 back in 1950 where he served 21 years including the Korean War from 1950-1954 and four tours in Vietnam.

"The Lafayette Police Department is excited to have such a legend join our Mounted Unit for the upcoming parade," a release states.