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Why This Holiday Is So Important

Many of us, whatever our traditions, typically celebrate Memorial Day with a nice piece of steak or chicken or vegetables on the grill, and enjoy the fellowship of friends and family while watching that big sporting match on television on a nice 3-day holiday weekend. But I in writing this blog also want to share a little history on what started as Decoration Day, that commemorates U.S. Men and Women who died while in military service. This next piece of history may also serve as a 'little know black history fact' that you hear about weekday mornings on the TJMS....according to a professor of the Yale University History Department, the first memorial day was observed by formely enslaved black people at the Washington Race Course(today known as Hampton Park) in Charleston, South Carolina.

The formely enslaved people exhumed the bodies from mass graves and reinterred the bodies of soldiers properly with individual graves, and on May 1, 1865, one Charleston newspaper reported that a crowd of up to ten thousand, mainly black residents, including some 2800 children, proceeded to the location for included sermons, singing and a picnic on the grounds, thereby creating the first Decoration Day.

Please take this and every Memorial Day weekend to THANK that soldier who has so diligently and unselfishly served our country and served it WELL...too many men and women have died for the freedom and liberties of these United States of America. Soliders I take this opportunity to say 'thank you' today and always!




 
05/26/2010 5:22AM
Why This Holiday Is So Important
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05/26/2010 7:07AM
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Terrific work! This is the type of information that should be shared around the web. Shame on the search engines for not positioning this post higher!
05/31/2010 7:21AM
GERRI PATTERSON
THANKS FOR SHARING THIS STORY..I'VE HEARD BITS & PIECES OF IT..HOPEFULLY, I WILL DO WHAT I SHOULD..GO ONLINE AND READ AS MUCH ABOUT THIS STORY AS POSSIBLE..IN ORDER TO SHARE IT WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS..YOU'RE RIGHT, WE DON'T SAY "THANK YOU" ENOUGH TO THOSE WHO MADE THAT SACRIFICE..BUT CAN THERE "EVER" BE ENOUGH.
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