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The Mexico Ledger - Mexico, MO
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    • Juneteenth celebration in Mexico

    • This weekend's annual Juneteenth Celebration concluded with a ceremonial tribute to African-American servicemen and women with a connection to the Garfield community and Mexico. The event, held Sunday morning at the Garfield Community Center, honored all branches of service. Mexico native Clifton Long served in the Marines from 1977-1985. He is the grandson of a former Buffalo soldier Albert Long Sr. and the nephew of Vietnam War veteran Harold Fountain. Originally the Buffalo Soldiers were members of the U.S. 10th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army, formed on Sept. 21, 1866 at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. The nickname was given to the "Negro Cavalry" by the native American tribes they fought. Mexico native Nathaniel "Tex" Williams was among those attending who signed his name to the wall of fame for the time he served in the Navy during the Vietnam War era. Several of Williams' brothers also served. More than 70 names of area servicemen and women were added to the wall. Charles Fry was coordinator of this year's Juneteenth events. Fry is the father of Col. Christopher B. Fry Sr., a 1983 Mexico High School graduate, who is currently stationed in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. 

      Posted Jun. 19, 2012