The UDC and America's First Memorial Day
May 23, 2019 —
What many consider the first Memorial Day occurred April 25, 1866 in Columbus, Mississippi. The town's Ladies Memorial Association, decorated the graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers in Friendship Cemetery. In a nation trying to find a way to move on after a war that split the country, states, communities and even families, this gesture by these nobel women was welcomed as a way to lay the past to rest while honoring those who had fought on either side. Less than 30 years later this ladies group became the 34th chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The UDC will forever honor all of our country's heroes with undying devotion and that our Confederate Dead have earned their rightful place to be included as America's Veterans.
We should embrace our heritage as Americans. North and South, Black and White, Rich and Poor, our American heritage is the one thing we have in common and it is what defines us. The monuments we have built to chronicle this heritage must be preserved so that those that come after us will see where we have been and where we must, as a unified people, go. Protecting all monuments to American Veterans will defend our heritage. Our monuments are reminders of our path forward.
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