Elizabeth spoke to us about Memorial day.  Memorial day was called Decoration Day when it got its start after the Civil War.  Survivors took the day to put something on the grave sites of those who died in the war.  Elizabeth reminded us that there are all kinds of warriors.  Those who died due to religious persecutions were every bit as much a warrior.

In early colonial America, Americans discriminated against Quakers.  IN 1659-1660 three Quakers were hanged in Boston.  In 1692 there were 25 people who were persecuted in Salem Mass.  In this case it was more because of the religious beliefs of the perpetrators than the religious beliefs of the victims.

During the American Revolution (that was 1775-1781 for those of you who need a strong hint) many Americans discriminated against the Amish for their objection to participation in warfare.  Amish in Western Pennsylvania were banished from their farms.  Banishment to the wilderness was a strong punishment at the time.  (Incidentally, Madison’s first draft of the Second Amendment included a sentence about protecting the rights of conscientious objectors as it was extolling the virtues of a well-regulated militia.)

Moravians were persecuted in the 1700’s.  Joseph Smith and the Mormon communities were persecuted in the 1800’s.  All these and others died for their beliefs in every way the same as those warriors who died for their beliefs in war.