- Jun 6, 2018
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It was 1866, and the men of the US Army, Navy, and Marines had destroyed the rebellion on the battlefield and ushered in a “new birth of freedom.” Their work done, they hoped to return …
"It was 1866, and the men of the US Army, Navy, and Marines formed a veterans’ organization called “The Grand Army of the Republic,” most commonly referred to as the GAR -- it had a purpose to remind the nation, their children and their children’s children to never endure something so horrible ever again. While they had been successful on the battlefield, the war for the memory of the Civil War; they would lose for over a century.
By 1923, the Civil War was well in the nation’s past, it was thought -- plans were made for Federal money to help pay for a massive monument to the Confederacy carved into the side of Stone Mountain, Georgia. While much of the populace failed to bat an eyelid, there was one group that could not believe what they were seeing: the aged, elderly, swiftly dying out veterans of the US military from the Civil War. “We forgave the rebels, but we did not forgive their rebellion nor their treason,” thundered the GAR --“which time has not changed any more than it has changed the treason of Benedict Arnold or Judas Iscariot…such treason and such traitors cannot be so honored without dishonoring and insulting the men, living and dead, who fought to maintain the Union and who crushed the slaveholders’ rebellion.”
The National Encampment of the GAR in 1925, the remaining leaders of the “boys in blue,” appealed to the nation for common sense: “I believe this is the first time in the history of the Republic that the Government of the United States has been called upon to aid in the construction of a monument to those who were leaders in the great rebellion against it…It is plainly to be seen that the title of the act is a cunningly woven fable with intent to deceive. The project was conceived and carried forward by those who practice a cult of glorifying the lost cause and idolizing the heroes thereof.” And yet, Stone Mountain exists today as a glorification of the Confederate cause – and as one of the birthplaces of the KKK.
Just a little historical reminder for those still triggered about Juneteenth being a federal holiday; paid for with federal dollars....Just a little reminder of why a certain segment of people always get so triggered by the actual recounting of history and context surrounding it and how "cunningly woven fables with the intent to deceive" keeps being woven into the fabric of today; by the same evil ideology of those who were defeated 150 years ago. And if the quotes from the US veterans in the 1920's still trigger you today -- then you are exactly who we say you are...