Back Story: Make Sure You Know The Story Behind Memorial Day

12 Posted by - May 30, 2016 - Holidays And Birthdays, RECONSTRUCTION

Memorial Day was started by former slaves on May, 1, 1865 in Charleston, SC to honor 257 dead Union Soldiers who had been buried in a mass grave in a Confederate prison camp. They dug up the bodies and worked for 2 weeks to give them a proper burial as gratitude for fighting for their freedom. They then held a parade of 10,000 people led by 2,800 black children where they marched, sang and celebrated.

Today, Americans everywhere “pledge their allegiance to the flag” in honor of those who sacrificed everything for the freedom of a nation.


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