Memorial Day was originally Decoration Day and got its start right up the road from where I am from in the Chattahoochee Valley after the War Between the States:
“Many Americans will pause today to honor the men and women who have given their lives in the United States armed forces. What most probably don’t know is that this holiday originated in the South after the War for Southern Independence. It was originally called “Decoration Day.”
Don’t tell the social justice warriors.
The monuments that these modern day Leninists believe represent “white supremacy” were a byproduct of a movement that began one year after the conclusion of hostilities to remember the over two hundred thousand men who died defending the Southern fight for independence.
It took decades to collect enough pennies to build the monuments that are now being toppled in hours.
Not even the Yankees who faced cannon and rifle fire from these Confederate soldiers were so bold to deny Southerners their memorials. Some, in fact, joined hands at dedication ceremonies across the South. If anyone should have hated Confederate soldiers, it was these men. But they didn’t.
Thousands of Union soldiers saluted their Confederate counterparts as they surrendered at Appomattox and wept with them when these Southern patriots gave up their flags. Not one Union soldier burned a Confederate flag or dragged it through the mud when the War was over. The immediate aftermath was magnanimous on both sides. …
The women who held the first “Decoration Day” in Columbus, Georgia in 1866 did so to honor the dozens of Confederate soldiers buried in Linwood Cemetery. This was soon replicated across the South. The Grand Army of the Republic copied the event in 1868, causing another Southern innovation to be coopted by Yankee do-gooders.
American soon honored Confederate dead as part of “Memorial Day” events, including those like President William McKinley who wore the blue.
Southerners eventually decided to hold separate “memorial day” remembrances in April as part of “Confederate Memorial Day.” They wanted as a people to reflect on the cost of war. Their newly gained poverty was a daily reminder, but these wives, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, cousins, aunts, uncles, sons, and daughters of fallen heroes still burned with the flame of defiance. They put down their swords but did not concede that their men were “traitors.”
By the 1870s no one north of the Mason Dixon called them that anymore. They were as American as Lincoln. It was not unfashionable well into the late twentieth century–even for the Left–to honor Confederate soldiers as valiant and courageous men. That list includes every American president from Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton. …”
The cultural cancer that we are all dealing with these days – North and South, East and West – has a very recent origin. Woke progressivism owes almost nothing to the original Progressive movement and it is ultimately descended from the people who broke with it around World War I, who embraced modernism and who opened up a new rift in our cultural fabric.
Note: As we have seen, the iconoclastic spirit that smashes Confederate monuments also topples monuments of Union soldiers, Abraham Lincoln and even Freddy Douglass who was knocked off his pedestal last summer. It goes after everyone from Christopher Columbus to St. Junípero Serra. It emanates from deracinated, cultureless, anti-traditional weirdos who hate the past in general.