Trail of Tears Commemoration Day

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Trail of Tears Commemoration Day in USA in 2021
Brian “Blue Jay” Littlejohn, of the Cherokee nation, plays a drum with his grandson Kyler during a Native American Heritage Month Celebration. Image by Airman 1st Class Shannon Bowman

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Dates of Trail of Tears Commemoration Day
2022 USA Friday, September 16thTrail of Tears Commemoration Day
2021 USA Thursday, September 16thTrail of Tears Commemoration Day
2020 USA Wednesday, September 16thTrail of Tears Commemoration Day
2019 USA Monday, September 16thTrail of Tears Commemoration Day
Summary
The Trail of Tears was a series of forced relocations of approximately 60,000 Native Americans.

September 15th marks the anniversary of the day when the last Cherokees arrived in Oklahoma in 1838. Since 2014, it's been designated as Trail of Tears Remembrance Day.

Officially known as The Indian Removal Act of 1830; the deadline of voluntary removal was May 1838.

The military was prepared to use force and did so under the command of General Winfield Scott. General Scott ordered the round-up and removal of over 17,000 Cherokees who refused to leave.

The process was swift and brutal. Detachments of soldiers arrived at every Cherokee house and drove men, women, and children out of their homes with only the clothes on their backs. They were placed in concentration camps where conditions were horrendous. Food and supplies were limited and disease was rampant. Many of whom perished.

It's a day to learn more about the Trail of Tears and commemorate the lives of the people who suffered on it.

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