Today is the 4th anniversary of the Virginia Tech massacre. From one town impacted by a massacre in April to another, I remember this anniversary, just as I did when I passed the exit for Virginia Tech in my travels last month. We had our anniversary recently, and we are trying to look ahead.
The Virginia Tech website looks ahead. One feature on today's website was an article by someone attempting to save old battlefields from development. Why should anyone care? Because it is so important to know our heritage, both the good and the bad. So sometimes it is good to look upon the past to learn lessons we can apply to the present. And that is why the 150th anniversary of the Civil War is important to dwell upon. Similar to the 1960's (the last "big" anniversary) we live in times full of change and uncertainty. So it was in the 1860's too. So it has been many times in our country's history.
We have a lot to learn. It is even instructive to delve into why we've forgotten so much.
I will be writing more on the Civil War (as promised), in the near future.