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The Untold Story of Memorial Day: How Former Slaves Honored the Civil War Dead

The African-American history of the federal holiday has been nearly wiped from public memory.

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After Pat’s Birthday

This Memorial Day weekend, Truthdig commemorates the legacy of deceased U.S. infantryman Pat Tillman by republishing our most popular piece, “After Pat’s Birthday,” written by his brother, Kevin Tillman (pictured with his arm around Pat).

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Batman in a Hospital Bed

With Memorial Day in the rearview mirror, many Americans have already stopped thinking about our wars and the casualties from them for another year. As for me, it’s been Memorial Day ever since I first met Tomas Young.

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On Memorial Day, U.S. Troops Are at War With Islamic State Near Mosul

On Memorial Day, it is well to remember that U.S. troops are still at war.

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Obama in Hiroshima, Memorial Day and the Iran Deal (Video)

Historians will see Obama’s Iran nuclear deal as one of the greatest achievements of his presidency, and perhaps as a turning point in anti-proliferation through diplomacy.

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VIDEO: Former Rep. Ron Dellums on ‘Democracy Now!’: Peace Challenges All Forms of Injustice

This Memorial Day, “Democracy Now!” broadcasts a pro-peace speech by former Rep. Ron Dellums. “Peace is the superior idea,” he says, “because to come together under the banner of peace forces us to challenge all forms of injustice.”

Posted on May 25, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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Did a Karzai No-Show Spoil Obama’s Announcement of End of Afghanistan War?

President Obama made a surprise trip to Afghanistan on Monday for Memorial Day.

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A Brief History of Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a peculiarly appropriate holiday for our times. Its origins lie in the Civil War, which resulted from the failure of a deeply polarized political system to settle the question of slavery.

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On Memorial Day, Let’s Do Right by Our Veterans

Memorial Day should honor not only those military personnel who gave their lives for America but really all those who have suffered and died in war.

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TV Host Hayes Apologizes for ‘Heroes’ Comments

MSNBC host Chris Hayes apologized for remarks he made on his Memorial Day-themed TV program Sunday, in which he told viewers he felt “uncomfortable” calling fallen soldiers “heroes.”

Posted on May 28, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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Poll: Majority of Veterans Back Romney

Veterans prefer Mitt Romney over Barack Obama for president in the 2012 election by 58 to 34 percent, according to a Gallup poll released Memorial Day. The survey also showed that non-veterans support Obama over Romney by four percentage points, 48 to 44 percent.

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Facing the Truth About Torture (Video)

Earlier this month, eight members of the Bush administration were found guilty of torture and war crimes by an unofficial tribunal in Malaysia for defying international law and torturing people in the post-9/11 era. On this Memorial Day, Bill Moyers and Michael Winship urge Americans to demand a reckoning.

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The Best Stories on How We Treat Our Troops

This Memorial Day, we rounded up some of the best accountability journalism for U.S. soldiers in our recent wars.

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How to Forget on Memorial Day

This Memorial Day, there will undoubtedly be much cant in the form of tributes to “our heroes” and then, Tuesday morning, when the mangled cars have been towed away, the barbecue grills cleaned, and the “heroes” set aside, the forgetting will continue.

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And Now, Your Obligatory Presidential Memorial Day Speech

Here we have the commander in chief delivering solemn words at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day. President Obama also took the opportunity to salute his outgoing defense secretary, Robert Gates ... (more) 

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10 Things We Must Remember on Memorial Day

According to Yale historian David Blight, Memorial Day got its start at the end of the Civil War. 145 years after the end of our Civil War, our nation is engaged in near civil wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, which we had a part in starting and no plans for ending.

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Memorial Day and Our Discontents

Why is it that every Memorial Day we note that a holiday set aside for honoring our war dead has become instead an occasion for beach-going, barbecues and baseball?

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Stopping the War Machine: Military Recruiters Must Be Confronted

As a former United States Marine Corps sergeant who was shot and paralyzed from my mid-chest down during my second tour of duty in Vietnam on Jan. 20, 1968, I am sending my complete support and admiration to all those now involved in the courageous struggle to stop military recruitment in Berkeley and across the country.

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


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Bush’s Final Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery

President Bush gave his final Memorial Day speech at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday, laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns and declaring: “It is a solemn reminder of the cost of freedom that the number of headstones in a place like this grows with every Memorial Day.”

Posted on May 26, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


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Memorial Day: Campaign Trail Edition

Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama observed Memorial Day in Puerto Rico and New Mexico, respectively, paying tribute to U.S. military men and women from the past and the present and making their cases for becoming commander in chief.

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McCain’s Memorial Day Message

Sen. John McCain spoke in Albuquerque, N.M., on Monday, defending his position against the Jim Webb GI bill, which offers college tuition coverage in exchange for three years of service in the U.S. military, and drawing distinctions between himself and his opponents in terms of plans for withdrawal from Iraq.

Posted on May 26, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


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Libertarian Bob Barr Challenging McCain’s Presidential Bid

This isn’t the first time someone has accused Sen. John McCain of not being conservative enough, but now former Republican congressman-turned-Libertarian Bob Barr is upping the ante on his critique of McCain’s conservatism by running against him in this year’s presidential election.

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Iraq Vets Play Out War Scenes on U.S. Streets

These members of Iraq Veterans Against the War take street theater to a new, devastating level, breaking with the nostalgic tradition of Civil War re-enactments, for example, by bringing a taste of the horror and mayhem of the Iraq war to the streets of U.S. cities with “Operation First Casualty.”

Posted on Jul 10, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


Bush Breaks Neocon Taboo

For a brief moment on Memorial Day, the U.S. and Iran set aside decades of hostility to meet and talk. That short rendezvous, although upsetting to neoconservative warmongers and their nefarious plans, holds real promise for American security and prosperity.

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A Grim Memorial

Nearly 1,000 U.S. soldiers and Marines have died in Iraq since last Memorial Day, and President Bush has said he expects the surge in casualties to continue through the summer: “It could be a bloody—it could be a very difficult August.”

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Memorializing the Deadly Myth of John Wayne

On the 100th anniversary of John Wayne’s birth, falling as it does on Memorial Day weekend, Truthdig presents two pieces connecting the hype of the celluloid “war hero” who never fought to the hard human costs of war.  It was the Duke’s deadly myth, after all, that would lead young men like Ron Kovic to sacrifice life and limb in needless wars. 

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