Vet’s mic cut off as he spoke of role freed slaves played in Memorial Day origins

Vet’s mic cut off as he spoke of role freed slaves played in Memorial Day origins


A US Army veteran’s microphone was cut off during a Memorial Day event in Ohio as he discussed the role freed black slaves played in the holiday’s origins, video shows.

Footage of Monday’s event shows retired Army Lt. Col. Barnard Kemter tapping the microphone midway into his 11-minute speech during a ceremony at Markillie Cemetery in Hudson, Ohio, where one of the organizers admitted they intentionally dropped the audio, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.

Cindy Suchan, president of the Hudson American Legion Auxiliary, declined to say who specifically turned down the volume, but said organizers wanted the portion cut out since it was “not relevant to our program for the day,” adding that the theme was to honor Hudson veterans.

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Kemter, 77, who served in the Army from 1965 through 1995, said he was dismayed by the incident.

“I find it interesting that [the American Legion] … would take it upon themselves to censor my speech and deny me

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