JROTC honors Buffalo Soldiers during Wreaths Across America ceremony

Junction City High School JROTC cadet Grant Shrader prepares to lay a wreath at the foot of Junction City's Buffalo Soldier monument while Lawrence Reece — president of the Joseph Louis Barrow chapter of the 9th and 10th Horse Cavalry — looks on.

Junction City High School’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps honored Buffalo Soldiers during a Wreaths Across America ceremony Saturday.

JROTC Color Guard members gathered at Junction City’s Buffalo Soldier monument, and presented colors during the ceremony. Cadet Grant Shrader — the son of Col. Stephen Shrader, the garrison commander of the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley — laid a wreath at the foot of the Buffalo Soldier monument.

Retired U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Jim Sands — from the Joseph Louis Barrow chapter of the 9th and 10th Horse Cavalry — served as the ceremony’s featured speaker, and addressed the cadets.

“I ask you to continue to research what these wreaths stand for,” Sands said. “Learn about the Buffalo Soldiers. We want to carry that history forward.”

Sands thanked cadets for their efforts.

“You represent those uniforms well,” he said.

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