It is amazing to me that it has taken the United States of America so long to recognize the valor of its own Patriot. France recognized Henry Johnson’s sacrifice years ago with the Cross of War.
These photos were published by the Times Union in August 2014 as part of a collection of photos featuring the “Battle of Henry Johnson” statue in Washington Park, Albany, NY.
On June 2, President Obama will finally award African American, Henry Johnson, the Medal of Honor posthumously along with awarding the Medal of Honor to another World War I hero, William Shemin, who had been denied the honor previously because he was Jewish.
Memorial Day is just around the corner. In the midst of your picnics, camping trips, and whatever you do to honor the day, take the time out to honor all of those who have fallen in battle even if they have not won a medal. Remember All the brave souls that have returned home after monumental sacrifices for our Freedom, lived out their lives, and have carried burdensome memories with them to the grave.
To quote the VFW DISPATCH, (May, 2015) :
Memorial Day is a sacred day for us, but sadly, it seems that America has lost touch with the true meaning of this ever-important day. For many, it is no more than a celebration to kick off the summer. But together, we can change that. As you go about your Memorial Day events later this month, we encourage each of you to explain the true meaning of the day to a friend, acquaintance or even a stranger who may imply they’re unfamiliar with its meaning. While we can never repay those who gave all in support of our nation, educating our fellow Americans offers us a great way to honor them.