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Remembrance USA (Turtledove)

The eagle and crossed swords emblem, a symbol of the Remembrance ideology.

Remembrance Day was a U.S. holiday celebrated on April 22. It was first marked in 1882 by decree of President James G. Blaine to commemorate US capitulation in the Second Mexican War. As the Remembrance ideology took hold in the US, the day became a symbol of US nationalism and dedication to strengthening the country. During the Great War the day became a ceremonial rededication to the ultimate goal of victory, and in the final year of the war it was a day of gleeful gloating. Shortly after the war's end the day became a triumphant celebration, then a tradition of purely historical value in the interwar years, then as the Second Great War approached it regained some of its old martial significance.

Remembrance Day was marked in large American cities by military parades with US flags flown upside down to represent national distress and political speeches. Clarence Potter who spent some years in the United States once remarked that the parades used to scare the hell out of him as the populace poured out a great deal of hate and anger towards the CSA on that day.

The Socialist Party did not take part in Remembrance Day festivities before and during the Great War, preferring their own May Day holiday nine days later. Socialists sometimes protested Remembrance parades. In 1915, the first Remembrance Day of the Great War, protesters of and marchers in the Remembrance Day Parade in New York City became involved in a large brawl. This particular riot kicked off when a member of the Soldiers' Circle answered the jeers of a heckler causing a minor skirmish when suddenly someone pulled out a gun and fired. Some of the Socialists led by Herman Bruck waded in before a voice yelled "Justice for Utah" at which point the parade collapsed into a full meleè. Angelina Tresca, sister of Maria Tresca was one of those killed in the subsequent ruckus, something which Flora Blackford never forgot.

After the Great War, the holiday became more celebratory. The US flag would be flown right-side up to show that the defeats the United States had suffered during the War of Secession and the Second Mexican War had been avenged.

However, in 1941, after the plebiscites of the Richmond Agreement had taken place, the flag was once more flown upside down to symbolize how the United States had suffered a defeat without war.

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