2.Who is James
Nelson?How did he learn about
Emanuel Stance’s name?What is his
3.Where is the
headstone of 1st Sgt. Emanuel Stance, a buffalo soldier and Medal of Honor
recipient, currently placed?
Nelson sought out potential relatives for permission, a difficult task given
federal laws forbid disinterment from national cemeteries without permission
6.After a year
of research turned up nothing but dead ends, Nelson lobbied U.S. Rep. Adam
Smith, D-Bellevue, a ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, to
add an amendment to this year’s National Defense Authorization Act that would
followed through, adding the amendment to a defense-budget bill that has passed
the House of Representatives. Yet even if the Senate approves it, too, what
other political groups need to allow reburials of this nature?
8.So far, have
military officials shown interest in allowing Nelson to relocate Stance or a
Medal of Honor buffalo soldier buried in Vancouver, Wash., that Nelson recently
decided he wants to take to Arlington as well?
chief of operations for several national military cemeteries in the Midwest,
said officials in charge of Arlington National Cemetery are against moving
Stance. She believes that Arlington didn’t become a popular burial ground until
what happened in 1963?
Class Discussion Questions and Essay Prompts:
·Did you know who the Buffalo Soldiers were before
reading this article?
·Why were they called Buffalo Soldiers?Who gave them that nickname?
·Why do you think Nelson is so passionate about this
The prestige of being buried at Arlington is largely overblown, she said,
noting that most of the nation’s 3,492 Medal of Honor recipients are buried all
over the country in private cemeteries and national ones. Arlington until the
late, she added.
“Being buried at another national cemetery isn’t a second choice — it is
the choice,” she said. “It’s not a travesty that Stance isn’t buried at
Arlington. I want to hug this veteran for taking this on as a cause, but I
promise: We are taking care of Emanuel.”
·Do you agree or disagree with Elton’s statement?Why or why not?
“The buffalo soldier story is such an untold story about people who were
mistreated, but still showed a great love for America,” she said.
“Being buried at Arlington is an American tradition — it’s one of the
highest honors that there is,” she added. “Burying him at Arlington would be the
proper way to give him honor and respect.”
·Do you agree or disagree with the above statement?Why or why not?
Do you believe that being buried in any national cemetery is an honor for a
soldier or veteran?Do you think
Stance’s body should be moved to Arlington?Why or why not?
Newspaper-related CBA activity:U.S.
How the United States government interacts with the world affects people across
the globe.Analyze and evaluate the
causes and effects of US foreign policy on people in the United States and
across the world.
Using The Seattle Times e-edition, find an article from this week that deals
with world politics or foreign policy.
What are the main points of view from someone living in that particular country?How is that “view” similar and different than your own opinion, regarding
the specific issue the article is discussing?
·Why is it important to
study and learn about foreign policy?How does it help you understand the world we live in, using current
issues and events?
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