Happy Memorial Day

For memorial day I am posting this link to the US Navy’s tribute to Memorial Day.

Please see the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0QarL96wg4

I also happened to be lecturing in West Point Cemetery yesterday, and for Memorial Day might point you to the first monument established south of the Mason-Dixon line honoring African Americans who fought for the Union in the Civil War.  In Norfolk, Virginia about 1000 African Americans enlisted in the Union army.  The monument was erected in 1906 with William Carney on top, a Norfolk native who fought with the 54th Massachusetts Regiment as portrayed in the film “Glory” staring Denzel Washington.   Carney received a Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroism.  I realize this is an army story, not navy ,but for Memorial Day, perhaps I could be allowed some reprieve.   It’s a great and unusual monument and worth knowing about.  Too bad it is hidden in a cemetery and not front and center downtown.

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Have a wonderful holiday.

Annette Finley-Croswhite, Ph.D.


About afinley41

I'm an author and college professor who works on French terrorists in the 1930s and 1940s. I'm writing a new book right now with Gayle K. Brunelle called "Vengeance: Vichy and the Assassination of Marx Dormoy." I'm also focused on the French Holocaust. In March of 2013 I'll take students on a study abroad called Paris/Auschwitz.
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