Sunday, September 18, 2011

For which it stands

Over 150 citizens gathered to remember the Civil War service of 5 black Amherst residents

For the second late summer Sunday in a row Amherst hosted a rare solemn ceremony to remember war, something the outspoken town does rather routinely, but usually from only one perspective: anti war.

Last week we honored, remembered and cried for 3,000 Americans slaughtered ten years earlier in a two-hour killing spree unprecedented in our history--especially since civilians comprised over 90% of the casualties.

Today we gathered to remember and honor five black soldiers from Amherst who fought in the Civil War, another unprecedented event in our history--the costliest conflict ever when measured in American casualties.

The five veterans are all buried in West Cemetery, where its most famous occupant, Emily Dickinson, tends to overshadow all the other deserving souls buried there. Not today however.

Raymond Brooks, a Native American, and great-great grandson of Christopher Thompson
Bob Romer, Veterans Agent Steven Connor, Reynolds Winslow, Dave Ziomek

Charles Thompson: upstanding citizen of Amherst and the USA

Amherst's "Sacred Dead Tablets" in storage


Anonymous said...

wish i knew about this before hand.

very cool. thanks for the report.


Larry Kelley said...

No problem (The kind of event I would have attended anyway.)

Yeah, the town really needs to hire a PR person to promote events such as this.

The 9/11 ceremony a week earlier also could have used better promotion.

Anonymous said...

Another instance of reverse discrimination. A bunch of white people died too. When will the black/white distinction finally be irrevelant? When whites are the minority?

Anonymous said...

Yeah, because the Civil War had nothing to do with black people.

Moron. Excuse me. Racist moron.

Anonymous said...

Call me racist if you want. The rememberance should have been for all who fought. Not five black ones.

Anonymous said...

The rememberence was held because these graves were not flagged during the Memorial Day events in May. This was a way to make up for being left out. That is what the Gazette said.

Anonymous said...

Was anyone holding up a "NO WAR FOR COTTON!" banner?

Anonymous said...

This was such a great and important celebration of men who gave their lives for their country, the freedom of many people and justice. No words can belittle them or the Amherst residents who honored them.