There is this outfit in the Philippines called Filipino-American Heritage Trust. They pushed for and got approved by the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) to establish a 26th Cavalry Memorial Regiment, to function like that of the Buckingham Horse Guards. They're probably going to be park rangers/living historians/tourist attraction. It's a big undertaking (and money). I believe in the concept and I hope that it comes to fruition. Below are some of the slides they used to present to the CDC.
At the very least we can probably help them later with sourcing equipment. I really hope it happens.
Just recently found this website and really enjoy it, I recently followed up on the Clark Developement Corporation website, www. visitclark.com, under NEWS UPDATES, and there was an article about the opening of a world class stables near the Mabalacat Gate. This will be a tourist attraction and will become part of the future home for the U.S. 26th Cavalry Regiment (Phililppine Scouts) Memorial unit. They are currenrly working out funding with the town of Mabalacat. Does anyone have an E-mail address for a member of the the 26th Memorial unit, so that we can correspond with them and give encouragement for their project and possibly provide information on where to obtain both the horse tack and individual equipment ,for the period they will be depicting? Any additional information about this unit would be greatly appreciated.
CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga – The US Cavalry, which first arrived here in 1902 to pave the way for a 99-year existence of the US military in this freeport, is now officially back in this former US Air Force base.
US Lt. Col. Rick Riker, chief of the Joint US Military Assistant Group (JUSMAG) based at the US Embassy, formally reestablished the US Cavalry here over the weekend when he swore into office Mabalacat, Pampanga tourism officer Guy Hilbero as executive officer of the 26th US Cavalry, Philippine Scouts Memorial Regiment here. Hilbero was given the rank of lieutenant.
As officer of the US Cavalry, Hilbero swore allegiance to both the governments of the Philippines and the US.
Hilbero immediately wrote the Clark Development Corp., the state corporation that manages this freeport, about his appointment as executive officer of the 26th Cavalry with address at Fort Stotsenberg, the old name of Clark Field here.
“No, it’s not the establishment anew of a US base at Clark. It’s a move to rekindle the heritage, honor, and traditions of the 26th US Cavalry. It’s reviving the handsome Cavalry troopers on magnificent horses as they patrol Clark which they first did at the turn of the 20th century,” Hilbero said.
If there is medical tourism being promoted by the government, historical tourism cannot be far behind in terms of its potential, Hilbero said.
Lt. Col Clay Crawford, chief of the Air Force Programs of Jusmag, expressed support for the revival of the US Cavalry here to boost local tourism.
“I expect US military retirees to appreciate this and make a sentimental sojourn back to Clark,” Crawford said in an interview.
Riker also said that the establishment of the Cavalry was not only historically significant but could also lure more visitors to Clark and further boost local economy.
“We have a working plan for the successful execution of this project that will spin off as a unique and original marketing identity for Clark. It will be a tourist attraction with truly professional Cavalry men on horses similar to the New York police or the Canadian rangers,” Hilbero said in his letter to CDC president and chief executive officer Liberato Laus.
Hilbero said he will recruit members of his newly established Cavalry here and will have them trained as Cavalry professional security forces by the US Air Force.
The 5th US Cavalry first settled here in 1902 soon after the Philippine-American War. The area was initially known as Fort Stotsenberg which was mainly located at the so-called “parade grounds” at the CDC complex here.
Hilbero noted that historical records indicating the significance of Fort Stotsenburg, saying it was home to the 1st, 5th, 7th, 10th, and 14th US Cavalry units, as well as the all-African American 9th Cavalry unit and the 26th Cavalry unit which comprise the Philippine Scouts.
He also noted that two original posts marking the original entrance to Fort Stotsenburg remains preserved at the parade grounds.
“The historical potential of reviving the Cavalry here will not only mostly be for male US retirees and their families, but also for women sentimental about the past,” he said.