Celebration of Confederate Memorial Day is wrong
On various dates in April and May, Southern states participate in what is known as “Confederate Memorial Day.” Alabama and Georgia celebrate on April 23, Mississippi on April 30, and South Carolina on May 10. It is observed to remember an estimated 258,000 soldiers who died in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. With arguments in recent years regarding the ethics of keeping Confederate monuments in public places, Confederate Memorial Day would seem to raise the same questions.
Proponents of the holiday argue that it is not a political issue and that all soldiers should be remembered for their sacrifices, no matter which side. With that being said, the Civil War was fought over a political issue, as every war is, with the Confederacy clearly having chosen immorality. Similarly, it is clear that the Nazis were wrong. Both situations involved human rights violations, although Americans like to consider themselves top-tier when it comes to human rights records.
In both the Confederate Army and the Nazi Army, there often were soldiers who were forced against their will to fight. Despite the mentality that they were “told what to do,” Nazi war criminals were tried in court and paid the consequences. There exists no Nazi Remembrance Day because the acts of these soldiers were considered an abomination. Neither slave-masters, money-hungry politicians nor Confederate soldiers paid the price for their inhumanity.
In comparison to modern Germany, Americans are unwilling to acknowledge their history and realize that their ancestors were wrong. Many who hold Confederate memorabilia consider themselves patriotic by supporting what they consider a forgotten culture and heritage. They are undoubtedly misinformed, as Southern states seceded from the Union, a symbol of anti-Americanism.
The idea that these states celebrate a Confederate Memorial Day demonstrates that they still believe themselves to be an entity separate from the nation, and find their disunion worthy of preserving.
American citizens have a birthright to express themselves freely. Instead of taking these rights for granted, use them to defend humanity. Learn your history so you’ll be remembered on the right side of it.
Carmel, New York