What we now call “Memorial day” apparently started off as “Decoration day!” Originally celebrated on May 1st this day was created in 1865 a month before the Emancipation Proclamation by African American soliders to celebrate their fallen brethren in the American wars.
After 1877 the North turned their backs on Reconstruction. Along with eliminating black political involvement the re combined government sought to erase Black soldiers out of the equation whitewashing history. This resulted in the changing of the day and erasure of who and what it was for. Not surprised. It took me to become an adult to learn really what the Civil War (The Most significant American War to me.) Was about.
So remember before you celebrate the Emancipation of our People, Honor the Fallen.