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The Queen's Chair: Memorial Day Was Originally Decoration Day (696 hits)

It was called "Decoration Day" to honor those who had died or were injured in service to their country and medals were bestowed to them or family members. Parades and award ceremonies were a way of saluting them. Did you know that?

I stress that fact because too many people forget why we celebrate this day. It's not about a day off from work or heading to a bar-b-que. We have so many "freedoms" that people take for granted. I know I forget that everyone doesn't have freedom of speech or religion. Those are freedoms, I enjoy. I don't have to worry about police standing in front of my church questioning or even arresting me because of my beliefs.

As a writer freedom of speech means even more to me. I am able to challenge ideas or policies in the written word. No harm comes to me. I can share true experiences or life stories to help people learn and heal. We can discuss these ideas in an open forum. There are those who "HATE" rap music, but because of our freedoms it exists. You can't be punished for listening to it.

Today, you need to think about those who sacrificed their lives, so you can live the way you live. America isn't perfect. However, there were those willing to have us NOT live in fear. For that I thank and salute you.
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May we always remember our Armed Forces and the men and women who serve our country so that we can continue to have freedom.
Monday, May 30th 2011 at 1:50PM
Jen Fad
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Historical true and on point.
The slaves dedicated the graves of the Northern soldiers that died to emanicpate the blacks from slavery during the Civil War. Many of those soldiers were former slaves that migrated to the North and fought in the Union Army. The first parade started in Charleston, South Carolina I believe in 1865. The parade crowds were numbered to be about 10, 000 in a park in Charleston, I forget the name. This historic fact was discussed on Al Sharpton's "Sharp Talk Radio Show"last night on WKRS 98. 7 FM New York at 9:00pm. Man I learned alot from the narrator of the program about our history. Now we know the origins of Memorial Day!!!!!
Tuesday, May 31st 2011 at 9:46AM
Thanks people. Yes, we do.
Saturday, June 4th 2011 at 2:00AM
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