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Brotherhood within the Motorcycle Community. Fact or Fiction? The History of Memorial Day – Originally known as Decoration Day

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By James “Hollywood” Macecari

Hope everyone is enjoying their Memorial Day Weekend. Hopefully, everyone is taking some time to remember those who’ve fallen in defense of our country. Below is a fantastic article on the history of Memorial Day. Take a few seconds to learn something about the holiday you might not of known.

History Fact about Memorial Day – Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Source: History.com

Brotherhood within the Motorcycle Club Community. Fact or Fiction?

We hear it all the time. “Hey, Brother how you doing?” or “What’s up Brother? 99% or the time from people we do not barely know. It‘s become such a watered down word in the biker community it‘s lost all its meaning. Personally, no one is my brother but my blood brothers. Everyone else represents just an associate. I know. What a screwed up thing to say right? I guess that’s where I differ from a lot of people. I‘m a realist and observer of human hypocrisy. The harsh truth of the matter? When involved in the motorcycle club culture it’s a big political game. Someone constantly trying to advance or get to the next level.  

Insane Throttle receives this one particular question over and over again. The President of our club thinks he possesses all the power to carry out decisions for the club without our input. What do you think we should do? Yeah, we get that a lot. Heres the thing though before I elaborate on that. Insane Throttle if you have noticed has gone to a more expanded format of the biker scene. The last couple days we have broken our posts down to Morning News, Afternoon News and Editorial of the Evening. We’ve down this to deliver a more expanded picture of what is happening in the biker community. Absolutely, we still report on club news. But we represent an independent publication and will not get into the politics of the club scene.  

To answer this question here’s the straight up truth. For one if you’re in a club and can’t stand up for its bylaws or open your mouth at the table. Then maybe you shouldn’t be wearing a patch. Secondly, your club problems are not Insane Throttles problems. We love our audience. But if you choose to be involved in a club than that’s really on you. I can say that question right there is one of the reasons why many people do not get involved in motorcycle clubs anymore. Those who you use to consider close. Use the patch to exert power over a collective group. That kind of stuff destroys the personal bond everyone has. Next thing you know the club is nothing more than an adult version of high school.

There is more to the Biker Scene then Motorcycle Clubs.

Once more, don’t get me wrong. I support motorcycle clubs and their rights to assemble and do what they love doing. I’m one of the first to support them when it comes to motorcycle club profiling. But here is the thing. I come at the situation from an independent viewpoint. I‘m not one of those conspiracists who believe clubs can do no wrong. I‘m not one who is gullible enough to believe when a club is taken down it’s all a cop conspiracy. If you‘re one of those people. Who think clubs are being set up by the feds on large-scale operations. Then you‘re not assisting the community you claim to love. By choice, you‘re actually hurting the clubs that don’t go out there and act like an ass-monkey. 

Everyone knows I cannot stand cops. I believe there is a line between cops and bikers that shouldn’t be crossed. Especially in the club world. But to say every club that ends up in the newspaper or on the evening news was set up is absolutely pure ignorance. No one sets it up where they are caught on wires talking about dope pushing or gun running except for themselves. For one, if you’re apart of a motorcycle club and don’t want to be in that kind of situation then stay away. Furthermore, if a motorcycle club doesn’t want to be considered a gang; then don’t do gangster shit. Don’t know how else to state it than to be real about it.

The biker scene is so much more than just motorcycle clubs. It’s, in fact, the independent bikers that make up the bulk of the scene. Guys and gals who go out there and have a good time. Ride their asses off and party even harder. Being a biker is about Freedom after all.

Brotherhood

It‘s a notion all of us want to believe in. The problem is many people do not know what it takes to define it and actually put it in practice. Brotherhood is an ideology in which you give your all for someone else. Be there when they require you and even when they don’t. Brotherhood is not defined by what you ride or who you ride with. Brotherhood is your ability to make a sacrifice exactly at the right time that it’s needed. True brotherhood is achievable only if those involved have the same ideology and outlook as the other man. Sadly it’s inevitably going to be human nature for one person to try and gain an advantage over another. If this is the case then, brotherhood can never be achieved. It will be merely a smokescreen. In the example of motorcycle clubs. Ask any former member one of the most substantial reasons why they got away. 10-1 they will say “There was no brotherhood.” 

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The History of Memorial Day – Source: History.com

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2018 occurs on Monday, May 28. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.

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The Civil War, which ended in the spring of 1865, claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history and required the establishment of the country’s first national cemeteries.

By the late 1860s, Americans in various towns and cities had begun holding springtime tributes to these countless fallen soldiers, decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers.

It is unclear where exactly this tradition originated; numerous different communities may have independently initiated the memorial gatherings. Nevertheless, in 1966 the federal government declared Waterloo, New York, the official birthplace of Memorial Day.

Waterloo—which first celebrated the day on May 5, 1866—was chosen because it hosted an annual, community-wide event, during which businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers and flags.

On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance later that month. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed.

The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.

On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.

Many Northern states held similar commemorative events and reprised the tradition in subsequent years; by 1890 each one had made Decoration Day an official state holiday. Southern states, on the other hand, continued to honor their dead on separate days until after World War I.

Memorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known, originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. But during World War I the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars.

For decades, Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30, the date Logan had selected for the first Decoration Day. But in 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees; the change went into effect in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.

Cities and towns across the United States host Memorial Day parades each year, often incorporating military personnel and members of veterans’ organizations. Some of the largest parades take place in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C.

Americans also observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials. On a less somber note, many people take weekend trips or throw parties and barbecues on the holiday, perhaps because it unofficially marks the beginning of summer.

 

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