Amid all the turmoil and pain of everyday life in today’s America, we fail repeatedly to look behind us to see what has been forgotten.
As a Viet Nam era Vet. I think of the many lives lost, stolen, and changed back then, but not often. Like many Military I choose to try not to think of that part of history. Last I heard, we still have MIA’s not yet accounted for . . .
But, while some of us choose to forget portions of our history, others act to see remembrance of forgotten Military Men. The 56th U.S. Colored Infantry” made up of Black Slaves that joined the Union Army and 175 of them were buried in a mass grave without any form of individual recognition for their sacrifice, or even the mention of their names. Family and others that believe these soldiers deserved better recognition have taken to the task of trying to get recognition and monuments that bear the names of the men for their places of rest.
It really is a “no brainer” type of situation . . . So we know who the soldiers were? We know where the soldiers remains have been laid to rest? Then get somebody on the phone and get this fixed, NOW!
It takes very little to recognize the sacrifice our Military Personnel have given in defense of this Country. Why does it take so much more to show them our appreciation? Our Country has always let our Military Vets both deceased and alive, down. We live in a Country where people sit on their butts working for our Government and make significantly higher wages, are provided excellent benefits, and enjoy the liberty and freedoms defended by a Military that gets paid less, gets less benefits, and dies if necessary to see we get the aforementioned freedoms. Next time a Government Employee asks for a pay increase, tell them no! Tell them when Military Personnel that fight for the Flag get parity with at least the next higher pay scale above the poverty line, then they can consider asking.
“I salute you,” to the men of the “56th U.S. Colored Infantry,” their families, and their friends.