May 19, 2009

Rite of Passage

Members of the 6th Regiment U.S. Colored Troops, Reenactors Inc. extend warm congradulations to Kyle Allen, who was promoted from cadet to private. Kyle has faithfully participated for years as a cadet musician in both Civil War and Rev War events. In April he saw the elephant (participated in his first battle as a soldier) at the Neshaminy reenactment. When a cadet turns 16, and has undergone safety training for handling black powder weapons, he is eligeable to join the soldier ranks and bear arms in events. As a full member, he takes on the responsibility for telling the story of the military contributions of African-American soldiers in the formation of this country. Through this rite of passage, we hope to connect young men such as him with this proud legacy, and help them to take their rightful place as contributing members in the community.

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