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Monday, May 25, 2015

MEMORIAL DAY - MAY 25, 2015 - A Day of Bitter and Sweet

As we Remember . . . 
Today, May 25, 2015 - Memorial Day, America's national focus for those who died in War.  It is when Americans are reminded by President Barack Hussein Obama, the first African-American President of the USA, the government, organizations, individuals, cemetery owners (i.e., Graceland-Milwaukee), and media to remember those who died while serving to protect America.  

As a rule, this is thought to be service while going abroad to defend America and/or America's position against foreign countries.  A position with the Act of War approval of Congress and the Commander-in-Chief of the United States.

Yes.  We show homage - RESPECT and HONOR.

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America's Wars - Casualties of War - Click Civil War Facts
History says . . .
According to the list of wars included in the Memorial Day homage are the following:
  • Civil War
  • Gulf War
  • Iraq-Afghanistan War
  • Korea War
  • Mexican War
  • Revolutionary War
  • Spanish-American War
  • Vietnam War
  • War of 1812
  • World War I
  • World War II

 Since the Civil War is included in the Memorial Day celebration - It is a time that address slavery of African Americans in America. 

Since African Americans has the only distinction of being a Citizen-in-slave for America; it is important that the country remember this time with special resonance of how this country has and is today in need of remembering its history for to address today's atrocities in race - to build capacity in generations to come. 

While we remember the fallen soldiers of the wars, African Americans remember their family member being killed abroad and in the homeland during the Civil War, the beginning of this celebratory day.  By the way, the name of this day - Memorial Day, was called, Decoration Day.   The first day is believed to have been celebrated in NY and so stated by President Lyndon Johnson.

The Civil War was essentially a war between the states, north/south and freeing slaves - Negroes/African Americans.  The race of folk that spearheaded "economic development" in the Cotton industry of America.

It was a troubled time "inside" of America.
It was a devastating time for citizens of the United States that were in bondage as a slave and living day-to-day in the melee and brutality of Caucasians with the power.  The Confederacy consisted of 11 states that fought and seceded from the union.  They are:
  • South Carolina - December 20, 1860
  • Mississippi - January 9, 1861
  • Florida - January 10, 1861
  • Alabama - January 11, 1861
  • Georgia - January 19, 1861
  • Louisiana - January 26, 1861
  • Texas - February 1, 1861
  • Virginia - April 17, 1861
  • Arkansas - May 6, 1861
  • North Carolina - May 20, 1861
  • Tennessee - June 8, 1861

Caucasians that forced African Americans to participate in helping to support the Confederacy (the group of 11 Southern states that seceded from the United States in 1860-61) thought of "slavery".  Can you see that?  Can you see yourself in that position?  Can you imagine how the ancestors of African American had to call upon a divine strength to survive?  Then there are Freed soldiers like the Tuskegee Airmen.

So, today, when we celebrate, it brings history that is "so bitter and inserting lite-grand sweet" for those African Americans that have given their lives in our Armed Services.   It is hidden.

Think about it.  Help to ensure that the history is remembered CORRECTLY for ensuring that the USA is seen for what ALL its people are.

Whether at Arlington Cemetery in Washington, DC, neighborhood cemeteries, family cemeteries, or an unknown grave/place in a foreign land, we REMEMBER.

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