Did you know April is Confederate History month? We here at AMERiders recognize this month as we and our employees are based out two of the 6 states that recognize it. However, we are calling it National Rebel Month. and we know that many bikers are rebels even if only at heart and we give our rebels a hardy Hell-yeah.
About The holiday and month.
Confederate History Month is a month designated by six state governments in the Southern United States for the purpose of recognizing and honoring the history of the Confederate States of America. April has traditionally been chosen, as Confederate Memorial Day falls during that month in many of these states. Although Confederate Memorial Day is a holiday in most Southern states, the tradition of having a Confederate History Month is not uniform. State governments that have regularly declared Confederate History Month are as follows: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Virginia.
Confederate Memorial Day is a holiday observed in several Southern states since the end of the American Civil War to remember the estimated 258,000 Confederate soldiers and sailors who died fighting against the Union. The holiday is observed widely, but unofficially, in most Southern states. It is observed in late April in many states to recall the surrender of the last major Confederate field army at Bennett Place on April 26, 1865.
Confederate History Month and related celebrations have been controversial due to the contentious place of slavery in the history of the United States. When Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell issued a proclamation resurrecting Confederate History Month in 2010, controversy arose due to the proclamation’s omission of slavery. McDonnell later announced, “The proclamation issued by this Office designating April as Confederate History Month contained a major omission. The failure to include any reference to slavery was a mistake, and for that, I apologize to any fellow Virginian who has been offended or disappointed. The abomination of slavery divided our nation, deprived people of their God-given inalienable rights, and led to the Civil War. Slavery was an evil, vicious and inhumane practice which degraded human beings to property, and it has left a stain on the soul of this state and nation.” McDonnell has indicated that he will not issue a proclamation in future years. In 2007, the Virginia General Assembly approved a formal statement of “profound regret” for the Commonwealth’s history of slavery.
On April 11, 2010, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour defended McDonnell on CNN’s State of the Union, calling the controversy raised by McDonnell’s proclamation “just a nit”. “It’s trying to make a big deal out of something that doesn’t matter for diddly,” Barbour said. Unlike the Virginia proclamation, the 2010 Alabama proclamation noted, “our recognition of Confederate history also recognizes that slavery was one of the causes of the war, an issue in the war, was ended by the war and slavery is hereby condemned.”
The Rebel flag
Did you know that they are one and the same! The battle flag, whether square or rectangular, was never an official flag of the Confederate States of America. Nevertheless, it is the one that has become known as “the Confederate flag” to most people. It is the one that most often appears on monuments, souvenirs, and at historic sites. It has also been appropriated as a symbol of the South as a distinctive region of the USA. “Dixie” is a nickname for the South; hence “Dixie flag.”
You will find that a lot of southerners, as well as bikers across the nation, will wear the flag proudly. The reason behind them or any tough guy or girl wearing it is thus, It is the Flag of the “REBELS” those who rebelled against the US government. For Bikers, this is what it stands for. It means that they are rebels. It is as simple as that.
Give us that rebel yell and show us your rebel pride!
If you’re proud show your rebel pride with one of our many rebel items! Like this Rebel Flag Logo For Saddle Bag Tool Bag Sissybar Bag is a Logo pin set that comes in a set of 4 and can be easily attached to saddlebags, tool bags, windshield bags, jackets, and vests using the 2 pin back.
Or Give us your best rebel yell in our amazing Rebel Flag Jacket with Gathered Cuffs featuring the Confederate flag proudly emblazoned across the entire back panel. Made from top-grade genuine leather, other features include a zip-up front closure, a full zip-out lining that runs through the sleeves with a soft neck warmer sewn directly onto the lining, a classic style collar with hidden button-snaps, elastic gathering on the waist, and button-snap cuffs to guarantee your comfort. With two roomy button-snap pockets outside and two deep button-snap pockets inside you’ll be able to bring all the essentials for an afternoon ride or night out.
Show off your Southern pride with our Shiny Black DOT Rebel Motorcycle Helmet that prominently displays a colorful rebel flag flying along each side on a shiny black finish. 1″ thick firm polystyrene foam guarantees your total comfort. Bright chrome rivets secure a black nylon Y-strap with metal slides to the fiberglass shell.
Other Things to celebrate this month
So if you are a rebel at heart let us know with a hell-yeah or your best rebel yell. If not show us your favorite April is the month of below, or in the comments on our facebook page.
Here are a few other things that we found that we are going to celebrate this month as well.
Amateur Radio Month
American Cancer Society Month
Fresh Florida Tomato Month
Keep America Beautiful Month
The month of the Military Child
National Humor Month
National Internship Awareness Month
National Pecan Month
National Siblings Day (April 10)
National Soft Pretzel Month
Pets are Wonderful Month
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month
And if that isn’t all we have a couple we thought were fun
April is International Guitar Month, recognized in several countries.
International Pillow Fight Day arrives on April 2 in 2018.
~And as always….
~Live Free Ride Hard~
Let AMERiders keep you well dressed during National Rebel Month.
And as always don’t forget to send us your stories, pictures, and events for posting to GALLERY.AMERIDERS @ GMAIL.COM and we will post them for you. The more people that know about your event the better and we are offering free advertising. We would also love to hear about your rides and love to see those bikes so send those stories and pictures.