Decoration Day — or Memorial Day
It’s no secret…I’m a self-proclaimed PBS junkie. Just this week I caught the tail end of an American Experience episode – Death and the Civil War. I was immediately captured and even went back to watch the whole piece online. What I found relevant, to this week in particular, was the origin of the very first Memorial Day, as told by Historian, David W. Blight. The event held on May 1, 1865, was led by Freed people in Charleston, South Carolina to honor 260 deceased Union soldiers. This may be an interesting piece to show to students before they leave school on Friday and serve as a reminder of how Memorial Day honors the men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. military.
Another video that may be of interest to show: Freedom Isn’t Free..
Thank you to the many brave men and women who have dedicated their lives to securing our freedom.