To the editor,
“The True Check of Character is What’s Completed When No One is Watching”
I point out this quote, since Juneteenth has grow to be the most recent trendy information merchandise.
But, on the 150th Anniversary of Juneteenth in 2015, a major milestone by any measure, the event was largely ignored by a protracted record of politicians, group activists and main media.
But, within the quiet of 2015, on behalf of the Fayette County Republican Social gathering, a graveside Wreath Laying Ceremony was held at Lexington Cemetery.
Union Basic Gordon Granger, who issued the well-known Order No. 3, Liberating the Slaves in Texas, has his Closing Resting Place subsequent to his spouse right here in Kentucky.
Since Granger’s Order in 1865, Texans have celebrated the Liberating of the Slaves as a state vacation. A worthy celebration of Texas Historical past.
This isn’t US Historical past, however Texas Historical past with a Kentucky connection.
One should keep in mind Basic Granger’s Order was an extension of President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation which went into impact on January 1, 1863.
It was not the tip of slavery, as Kentucky, Maryland, Delaware and Missouri had been nonetheless slave states and never in revolt, which excluded them from the Govt Order.
The 13th Modification, ratification on Dec. 6, 1865 and licensed by Secretary of State William Seward on Dec. 16, 1865, really ended slavery in america and never the Texas State Vacation.
How did we get right here? The reply begins with the phrase “Fourscore and Sevens Years In the past” from Nov. 19, 1863.
Sure, July 4, 1776. Independence Day. The Declaration of Independence. As President Lincoln famous that day, this was a wrestle, a rededication to Founding Ideas; a New Beginning of Freedom.
So, whereas it could be politically trendy to advertise Juneteenth right this moment, we, as American Residents have a motive to Have fun the 4th of July.
That’s the day, Freedom was declared from the slavery of tyrants recognized from the histroy of civilization.
The essence of American Exceptionalism celebrated by all with a rededication price noting by Basic Granger on June 19, 1865.
Republican prinicples are simply as necessary on a 150th Anniversary as they’re on a 155th Anniversary and neither would have been doable with out daring management to defend them.
That’s the reason the true date to Have fun the Finish of Slavery and the Daybreak of Freedom, will all the time be July 4th 1776.