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

13 Posted by - May 29, 2017 - 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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7 Comments

  • Carolyn May 29, 2017 - 9:37 am Reply

    I’ll forever teach this truth to my children and grandchildren. Thank you for the facts.

  • Hilda M Saulsbury May 29, 2017 - 9:39 am Reply

    I wonder who bodies were buried. I was around when chattel slavery ended. My relatives fought in the Civil War.

  • Hilda M Saulsbury May 29, 2017 - 9:39 am Reply

    I wonder whose bodies were buried. I was around when chattel slavery ended. My relatives fought in the Civil War.

  • Michael W.BELL May 29, 2017 - 5:20 pm Reply

    “RIGHT ON TO THE MAX’S”

  • Lynn Enneking May 29, 2017 - 7:14 pm Reply

    Thank you so much for the facts of true history, I bet many many thousands did not know the origin of this day. God bless you!

  • Thabit Bey May 30, 2017 - 3:53 am Reply

    The more we dig, the more we uncover about true history. As a veteran it is soul shaking news. Thank u very much. Ramadan Kareem

  • Velma E. Watson June 13, 2017 - 4:22 pm Reply

    I knew this and shared it, being surprised that so many people thought it was from WWI instead of the Civil War where the Union Soldiers were taken from the mass grave and buried individually. We must keep our History alive and thanks for sharing this.

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