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Memorial Day Tribute – “We Say Thank You”

Memorial Day Tribute - "We Say Thank You"

(ConcernedPatriot.com) – Memorial Day is a national holiday in the United States celebrated on the last Monday in May in memory of the men and women who lost their lives while serving in the armed forces. Monday, May 29, 2023, will be Memorial Day.

It was first observed as Decoration Day in the years immediately following the Civil War, and it was made an official federal holiday in 1971.

Memorial Day is celebrated by many Americans by going to graves or memorials, hosting family gatherings, and taking part in parades. It signifies the start of the summer season informally.

Memorial Day’s Inception and Early Observances

The first national cemeteries had to be built because the Civil War, which concluded in the spring of 1865, resulted in more deaths than any other combat in American history.

By the end of the 1860s, Americans in numerous towns and cities had started paying springtime homage to these innumerable dead soldiers, placing flowers on their graves and saying prayers.

The origin of this custom is unknown; memorial meetings may have been independently started by many distinct communities.

And according to some documents, less than a month after the Confederacy’s surrender in 1865, a group of formerly-enslaved persons in Charleston, South Carolina, held one of the first Memorial Day commemorations.

Nevertheless, the federal government designated Waterloo, New York, as the Memorial Day holiday’s official birthplace in 1966.

The city of Waterloo, which observed the day for the first time on May 5, 1866, was chosen because it held an annual communal celebration in which businesses closed and citizens adorned soldiers’ graves with flowers and flags.

Day of Decoration

General John A. Logan, who was in charge of a group for Northern Civil War veterans, announced on May 5 that a national day of remembrance would be held later in the month.

“May 30, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he declared.

The day was chosen as Decoration Day since it wasn’t an anniversary of a specific conflict, as he described it.

General James Garfield spoke at Arlington National Cemetery on the first Decoration Day, during which 5,000 people decorated the graves of the 20,000 Civil War veterans interred there.

Similar commemoration activities were held in many Northern states, and they continued the tradition over the years. By 1890, these states had proclaimed Decoration Day an official state holiday.

In contrast, until after World War I, Southern states kept observing distinct days to remember the deceased.

The Memorial Day Past

At first, Memorial Day—or Decoration Day, as it eventually became known—honored solely those who died while participating in the Civil War.

The event expanded to honor American military people who lost their lives in all wars, including World War II, The Vietnam War, The Korean War, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

However, the United States became involved in another significant fight during World War I.

The day General Logan chose for the inaugural Decoration Day, May 30, has been honored as Memorial Day for many years.

But to provide government workers a three-day weekend, Congress approved the Uniform Monday Holiday Act in 1968, making Memorial Day the final Monday in May.

The modification became effective in 1971. Memorial Day was designated as a federal holiday by the same law.

Memorial Day Customs and Traditions

Every year, Memorial Day parades are held in cities and villages nationwide, frequently featuring members of the armed forces and veterans’ groups. Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C. host some of the biggest parades.

Visits to cemeteries and memorials are another way that Americans honor Memorial Day. Some people wear red poppies to commemorate those who have died in battle; this custom dates back to a poem written during World War I.

Less somberly, many people go on weekend excursions or host parties and barbecues on holiday, maybe because Memorial Day weekend—the long weekend that consists of the Saturday and Sunday before Memorial Day and Memorial Day itself—unofficially heralds the start of summer.

So let’s keep paying tribute to these heroes every day, not only on this special day, to celebrate their bravery, selflessness, and dedication, which will always be remembered in the annals of American history.

Copyright 2023, ConcernedPatriot.com

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Ukraine Betrayal Bill Funds Migrant Invasion of America

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In an egregious betrayal of American values and security, President Joe Biden and his Democrat enablers have once again demonstrated their contempt for the citizens they were elected to serve. The latest affront is a colossal spending package—ostensibly for infrastructure improvements—but buried within its overwrought pages lies a sinister objective: the acceleration of mass migration that threatens to dilute the American way of life.

Billed as an investment in America’s future, this behemoth $1 trillion package is anything but. Hidden amid legitimate allocations for roads and bridges are billions earmarked to facilitate and encourage the influx of migrants into the heartland of America, all under the guise of “diversifying” rural communities and filling labor shortages engineered by the Democrats’ own anti-business policies.

Biden’s duplicity is clear. While feigning concern for the crumbling infrastructure of our nation, he cleverly disguises a Trojan horse aimed at importing a dependent voting bloc that will secure Democrat dominance for generations. This is not just policy—it’s political warfare against the American people.

Under the sprawling shadow of this bill, $500 million is set aside not for improving the lives of current citizens but for expanding “refugee resettlement services” in small towns and rural areas. These areas, historically bastions of conservative values and American traditions, are specifically targeted for demographic upheaval, altering their electoral landscapes permanently.

Furthermore, the bill generously allocates $750 million to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that specialize in the transportation, housing, and integration of migrants into American society. These NGOs, many with questionable agendas and shadowy funding sources, act as the ground troops in the Democrats’ assault on American sovereignty. They are the facilitators of chaos, eagerly eroding national borders under the banner of globalist ideology.

Adding insult to injury, while our southern border remains a lawless frontier, Biden has the audacity to fund security enhancements—for other nations. Included in the package is a staggering $200 million to improve border infrastructure and technology in strategic international crossings not on our soil, but abroad. This is a slap in the face to every American citizen who has called for stronger national security and a secure border.

Biden’s strategy is painfully transparent. By weakening American cultural and economic stability through enforced diversity and labor competition, he aims to cripple the traditional values that have been the backbone of this nation. The message from the White House is unmistakable: American citizens are no longer the priority. The focus has shifted to those who have not contributed to the building of this nation, nor have they fought for its principles.

This policy move is not just misguided—it is downright dangerous. It places the welfare of potential migrants over the safety and economic health of American families. It is a policy of displacement and replacement, a clear continuation of the Democrats’ anti-American agenda.

It is incumbent upon every patriotic American to recognize this deceit and mobilize against it. We must demand accountability and transparency from those in power. We must insist that our government halt these reckless immigration policies and focus instead on securing our borders and putting American citizens first. If we fail to act, we will witness the systematic dismantling of the country we love—a country built on law, order, and the promise of the American Dream for those who are legally part of it.

Now is the time to stand firm, to raise our voices in unison against the erosion of our national identity and sovereignty. We must protect the legacy we hold dear and ensure that America remains for Americans. The battle lines are drawn; let us not be found wanting in the defense of our homeland.

 

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Antisemitic Woke Mob at Columbia Threatens Jewish Students’ Safety

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In a decisive and heartfelt appeal aimed at safeguarding the well-being of Jewish students amidst growing tensions, Rabbi Elie Buechler, the esteemed Orthodox rabbi at Columbia University and Barnard College, has issued a resolute recommendation for Jewish students to consider leaving campus temporarily. Rabbi Buechler, who serves as the director of OU-LJIC at Columbia/Barnard, conveyed his profound concern through a carefully crafted message distributed via WhatsApp to hundreds of students, particularly timed before the observance of Passover.

Expressing deep anguish over the recent developments, Rabbi Buechler emphasized the gravity of the situation unfolding in and around the university campus. He underscored the inability of Columbia University’s Public Safety and the New York City Police Department to provide adequate assurance of safety in the face of escalating incidents of antisemitism and lawlessness perpetrated by anti-Israel agitators.

The rabbi’s message urged students to prioritize their safety and well-being by considering a temporary departure from campus until a significant improvement in the prevailing circumstances is observed.

The decision to issue such a recommendation was not made lightly but was born out of a profound sense of responsibility and care for the Jewish students under his guidance. Rabbi Buechler’s words reflect a deep-rooted concern for the welfare of the student community, recognizing the distressing reality of being subjected to hatred and threats while pursuing their education.

The anti-Israel encampment, which has become a focal point of concern, has witnessed a disturbing escalation in rhetoric and actions aimed at vilifying and targeting Jewish students. This alarming trend has prompted widespread condemnation from various quarters, especially Republican lawmakers and conservative voices, who have raised serious questions about the university’s commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of all its students.

The resonance of Rabbi Buechler’s message underscores the urgent need for decisive action to address the underlying issues fueling the rise of antisemitism and extremism on campus. It serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of fostering a campus environment that is inclusive, tolerant, and safe for all students, regardless of their religious or ideological beliefs.

In light of these developments, the call to prioritize safety and well-being resonates not only as a practical measure but also as a profound statement of solidarity and support for the Jewish community at Columbia University and beyond. It is a reminder that the pursuit of education should never come at the cost of one’s safety or dignity and that every student deserves to learn and thrive in an environment free from fear and intimidation.

It is also a reminder of the consequences of the vocal and virulent anti-Semitism now currently in vogue among Joe Biden’s hard left base.

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Radical Dems Go to Bat for Traitor Johnson Over Ukraine

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In a recent appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA) sparked controversy with his unexpected declaration of support for House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA), despite glaring ideological disparities. Khanna’s surprising endorsement emerged in the aftermath of Speaker Johnson’s contentious facilitation of a foreign aid package, which included provisions for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan, and passed through Congress under his guidance.

During his conversation with host Jonathan Karl, Khanna’s remarks seemed to laud Speaker Johnson’s leadership, citing vague notions of civility and procedural fairness. However, this endorsement from a Democratic representative inevitably raises doubts about Speaker Johnson’s commitment to conservative principles and his integrity as a leader within the conservative movement.

Conservative circles have traditionally approached issues of foreign aid with caution, particularly when it involves nations like Ukraine, and have advocated for a policy of non-interventionism. Speaker Johnson’s forceful promotion of such a package, seemingly at odds with these foundational conservative beliefs, inevitably begs the question of his fidelity to the conservative cause and his willingness to compromise on core values for political expediency.

Khanna’s unexpected alignment with Speaker Johnson exposes a troubling trend within conservative leadership, where the steadfast commitment to conservative principles is often sacrificed in pursuit of personal ambition and political pragmatism. By throwing his support behind Speaker Johnson, Khanna inadvertently highlights the erosion of conservative values within the movement and the growing influence of moderate voices willing to dilute conservative principles for the sake of compromise.

As the debate over Speaker Johnson’s future continues, Khanna’s endorsement serves as a poignant reminder of the challenges facing the conservative movement, torn between its ideological roots and the allure of centrist compromise. Whether Speaker Johnson’s actions will have lasting repercussions for conservative leadership remains uncertain, but Khanna’s endorsement has undoubtedly reignited a fierce debate over the movement’s identity and its commitment to upholding conservative values amidst internal discord and external pressures.

 

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