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Today is Memorial Day in the USA where most people treat it as just a day off from the job and a chance to do a little traveling perhaps visiting relatives. While there had been previous unofficial or state level observances where people paid homage to the casualties of the American Revolution, it was not adopted as an official holiday by the US government until after the American Civil War. For Black American people, free and recently freed former victims slavery “on May 1, 1865, in Charleston, South Carolina, held a parade of 10,000 people to honor 257 dead Union Soldiers, whose remains they had reburied from a mass grave in a Confederate prison camp”.
Today all US casualties of war are remembered and thanked, often disingenuously for sacrificing their lives which sadly, were killed in wars that had nothing to do with protecting “freedom and liberty” but died fighting to spread American imperialism and to take the land of Native Americans.