Uh oh, Memorial Day might have originated in the Confederacy

Perhaps that will trouble the hard left fanatics who want to scrub the nation clean of anything that recalls the Confederacy. And who labels anyone who doesn’t agree with the militants a racist and someone who longs for the return of the good old days of slavery.

President Lyndon Johnson and Congress in their infinite wisdom had declared in 1966 that the official birthplace of  Memorial Day Waterloo, New York. That despite conflicting claims that the first Memorial Day (or Decoration Day as it was first called) was held in Georgia, Virginia or Louisiana. Just 40 years after the war a claim was published in the Times-Dispatch that the honor belonged to Warrenton, Va.,

Killed in skirmish at Fairfax Courthouse, June 1, 1861, Captain John Quincy Marr, Warrenton Rifles, 17th Virginia Regiment, buried in the little village graveyard, June 3rd, with military honors; wept over by the old and young; flowers strewn on his grave, and the first Confederate Memorial Day was observed. After the first battle of Manassas, July 21, 1861, the dead and mortally wounded, numbering many, were brought to this same little village, and again memorial day was observed by the women and children.

Confederate Cemetery at Appomattox Courthouse national park in Virginia. Confederate Memorial Day is celebrated in several states.

Confederate Cemetery at Appomattox Courthouse national park in Virginia. Confederate Memorial Day is celebrated in several states.

The remains of Confederate soldiers rest in cemeteries, private and public, around the country. The question is: Do those soldiers deserve to be honored? Not according to the hard left that insists that every Confederate monument, statue or memorabilia be removed and destroyed. The mania is spreading across the land, opening old wounds that Abraham Lincoln, the Great Emancipator, tried to heal. In his Second Inaugural Address when he spoke these time-honored words:

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.

Well, that wasn’t part of the victimhood industry’s lesson plan that has grabbed control of our schools these days, so I guess it didn’t happen. As the New York Times reported, “The Battle Over Confederate Monuments Moves to the Cemeteries.” So if desecrating Confederate cemeteries is so important, honoring the dead soldiers by decorating their graves with flags would be the highest sin. 

Albert Henry Woolson (February 11, 1850 – August 2, 1956) was the last undisputed survivor of the Civil War.

Albert Henry Woolson (February 11, 1850 – August 2, 1956) was the last undisputed survivor of the Civil War.

Let them rest in peace, why can’t you? Must we open old wounds to satisfy the ideology of the arrogant left that demands we follow their agenda to the T or we are evil people condemned to be “on the wrong side of history.” I’m old enough to remember reading in the newspaper about the death of the last veteran of the Civil War. But I don’t recall then reading about anyone wanting to exhume the great wrongs that led to the Civil War as if we had to fight it all over again.

I’ll be instructed: Dennis, Dennis, Dennis. Sigh. Don’t you understand that we’re still suffering the effects of slavery? Perhaps, but that was 153 years ago. That’s a long time to be claiming victimhood. One is tempted to say, move along.

Or, more elegantly:

  • “Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.” – Henry David Thoreau.
  • “I use memories, but I will not allow memories to use me . . .” Deepak Chopra.
  • “You can victimize yourself by wallowing around in your own past.” – Wayne Dyer.
  • “The past can’t hurt you anymore, not unless you let it.” ― Alan Moore, V for Vendetta.
  • “Hanging on to resentment is letting someone you despise live rent-free in your head.” – Ann Landers
  • “Let go. Why do you cling to pain? There is nothing you can do about the wrongs of yesterday. It is not yours to judge. Why hold on to the very thing which keeps you from hope and love?” – Leo Buscaglia



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  • I guess you can't blame the Left and the Democrat Party for pushing for the expunging the Confederate statues, as Democrat Party was the party of the Confederacy, and they really don't want their racist history to come to light. Will Memorial Day be next? Probably not, as this would confuse too many and might expose the history of the Party.

  • Dennis, where or when the first "Decoration Day" was officially celebrated is moot when you consider it rests on a tradition of the ladies of the south who literally decorated soldiers' graves. The tradition moved north after the war, and both Confederate and Union graves were tended, as the women understood they were all someone's son. I wonder how many heads would pop if they realized Section 16 of Arlington National Cemetery has nearly 500 Confederate graves. If they try to go after those, I'll be buying stock in popcorn, because that will be fun to watch.

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