I will be speaking with; Larence Kirby & MyRon W. Smith on The Linwood Jackson radio show Sunday May, 24
Larence Kirby, is tence he first African American Executive Director of The Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs, and MyRon W. Smith, is the first African American Commissioner, American Commissioner on The Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs. They will be on the show to celebrate memorial day, a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in Americas armed forces.
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Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.
According to research done by Professor David Blight of Yale University, the first Memorial Day was observed by formerly-enslaved African-Americans at the Washington Race Course in Charleston, S.C. The race course had been used as a temporary Confederate prison camp in 1865, as well as a mass grave for the Union soldiers who died there. At the end of the Civil war, the bodies were exhumed from that mass grave, and given a proper burial with individual graves. The African-Americans built a fence around the graveyard with an entry arch, and declared it a Union graveyard. They completed this work in a record ten days; on May 1, 1865, the Charleston newspaper reported that a crowd of up to ten thousand had a celebration at that place, creating the first Decoration Day.
By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.
The Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs, an office of the Delaware Department of State, that is dedicated to assisting veterans and their family members in obtaining benefits and working with other government agencies and civic organizations to facilitate assistive services. The Commission is an advisory board appointed by the Governor to represent Delaware’s veterans. The Commission coordinates programs and objectives in State-wide advocacy for veterans affairs. They administer policy and oversee operations of Delaware’s two Veterans Cemeteries and the Veterans Home.
Please feel free to call their office at (302) 739-2792, In State Toll Free (800) 344-9900 or e-mail their office if you have any questions, concerns or would like to make suggestions to improve services to you.
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