FORT HUACHUCA, AZ (Tucson News Now) - March is Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month and Fort Huachuca is celebrating by hosting Heritage Day, March 24.
The celebration of southern Arizona heritage and culture takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Brown Parade with two presentations on local history scheduled in the nearby Museum Annex.
Representatives for the following organizations will be on site with displays and to provide information to visitors: Archaeology Southwest, Andy Ward Pottery, Amerind Foundation, Bisbee Museum, Southwest Association of Buffalo Soldiers (SWABS), National Park Service, Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park, Empire Ranch Foundation, Henry F. Hauser Museum, Sierra Vista Ranger District - U.S. Forest Service, Sierra Vista Genealogy Club, Sierra Vista Historical Society, The Friends of Brown Canyon Ranch and Western Heritage Program.
Heritage Day is free and open to the public. Visitors without DoD-issued ID, must stop at the Visitor Control Center at the Van Deman Gate to apply for a visitors pass.
These are the events scheduled to take place:
- 10 a.m.: Welcoming Remarks
- 10:15 a.m.: B-Troop, 4th U.S. Cavalry Regiment (Memorial) Arrival and Encampment Set up -- B-Troop will set up their display saddle, Howitzer, harness boxes, and other items of equipment the troopers use.
- 10:30 a.m.: B-Troop Riding Demonstration
- 11-11:45 a.m.: "To Polish a Diamond: Indian Scouts in Arizona," talk by John Langellier in the Museum Annex
- 12-30 p.m.: B Troop, K Battery Howitzer Demonstration - Members of K Battery will fire their vintage Mountain Howitzer
- 12:45-1:30 p.m.: MI Corps Band Jazz Combo
- 1-1:45 p.m.: "Buffalo Soldiers on the Border" -- talk by John Langellier at the Museum Annex
- 1:30 p.m.: B Troop Riding Demonstration with Weapons
- 2-2:45 p.m.: MI Corps Band Jazz Combo
- 2:30 p.m.: B-Troop, K Battery Howitzer Demonstration
Archaeology Southwest will conduct flint knapping sessions throughout the day.