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Legion official resigns over censored Memorial Day speech

In this frame grab from video provided by Hudson Community Television, retired Army Lt. Col....
In this frame grab from video provided by Hudson Community Television, retired Army Lt. Col. Barnard Kemter taps the microphone after organizers turned off the audio during his speech at a Memorial Day ceremony, Monday, May 31, 2021, in Hudson, Ohio. Organizers of the ceremony turned off Kemter's microphone when he began talking about how freed Black slaves had honored fallen soldiers soon after the Civil War. (Hudson Community Television via AP)(AP)
Published: Jun. 4, 2021 at 5:34 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS (AP) - The head of an American Legion post in Ohio has stepped down after organizers of a Memorial Day ceremony silenced a speech about freed Black slaves honoring soldiers after the Civil War.

American Legion leaders in Ohio also suspended the post’s charter on Friday and are taking steps to close it.

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The moves come in the wake of intense criticism over the decision to censor retired Army Lt. Col. Barnard Kemter at the ceremony in Hudson, Ohio.

Kemter said he wanted to share the history of how Memorial Day originated.

But organizers said that wasn’t relevant to honoring the city’s veterans.

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