Remembering Our Fallen Heroes
Memorial Day is a day set aside for our fallen soldiers to be memorialized by Americans, and all the loved ones they left behind. These heroes unselfishly went/go to the battlefields of war grounds, and put their lives on the line for our freedoms here in the United States. THAT IS VALOR! #WeSaluteYou
The first meme I saw this morning when I got on the web, was one that had a picture of a woman and her children sprawled across a gravesite, captioned "THIS IS WHAT MEMORIAL DAY IS ABOUT" not "ANOTHER NATIONAL BBQ & BEER DAY". It broke my heart to see that because the sad reality of this holiday, is that BBQ, beer, and vacation opportunity is how the average person views Memorial Day.
History records suggest that "Memorial Day" was once called "Decoration Day". A day memorialized by ex slaves, who fought in the civil war to earn their freedom. They recognized "Decoration Day" as a day to celebrate their emancipation and commemorate those who died for that cause. In the article below, writer Ben Becker comments on Decoration Day being rearranged by white supremacist in congress, as "Memorial Day". A day "without politics", and a general day of patriotic celebration, regardless of which wars or divisions you fought in. This in my opinion, is a horrible historic fact. I'm all for remembering all the troops, but I'm not for rewriting history! Decoration day and Memorial Day could have easily been two separate holidays. One that honors warriors who fought for equality, freedom, and civil rights, and another that honors patriotism in general. Why take the exclusivity of that day away from the soldiers (white and black) who fought for something they believed in? The Civil War wasn't a war across the seas, against foreigners, it was right here on U.S. Soil. U.S. citizens against U. S. citizens. The Southern Confederate States against Northern Union States, fighting for two separate causes. I encourage you all to click on the link below, and find out what all took place on this patriotic day. The article also features a retelling of the story in Charelston S.C., where captured Union soldiers were kept in the interior of a race track as POW's. Yale University historian David Blight retells how 28 black workmen went to the Washington Race Course and Jockey Club, and reburied the 257 Union soldiers properly. They turned the grounds into an honorable gravesite, and staged at 10,000 person parade on the slaveholders race corse. The article below is such a powerful read, I strongly suggest you indulge! 😊
In my conclusion, am I saying that this entire day is meant to be spent gloomy, sad, and unjovially celebrated? No! I'm just saying that in the midst of our individual "Turn Ups", commemorate our angelic soldiers, lift their loved ones up in prayer, pay your respects to our country's servicemen and women, and lastly; give regard to the Union soldiers of The Civil war!