Hughes presents a military mien as sesquicentennial speechmaker
Asked about his Founders' Day attire, Hughes described it in an e-mail as a “near-historical military uniform, close to what the officers of the 1st Colorado Volunteer Infantry Regiment would likely have worn after returning to Colorado City from defeating the Texans at Glorieta Pass… and at a dance party to celebrate the victory in the El Paso House - today's Amarillo Motel location where the 1st Colorado was encamped over Christmas 1862 - and where such dances took place.
“I wore my Stetson Civil War/Indian Wars officer's hat, with the crossed 7th cavalry sabers - for I actually commanded Company K, 7th United States Cavalry in combat in Korea - Custer's old outfit when he fought the Indians in western Kansas… I wore my cavalry black boots, black trousers, and dress blue coat with brass buttons with West Point crests engraved on each one. I wore two of my combat awards - a miniature Combat Infantry Badge with star above my left breast, denoting two wars in infantry combat below the rank of colonel (Korea and Vietnam), and a blue and red lapel pin denoting my being awarded the Distinguished Service Cross - the second highest combat award.”
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