The past must be remembered, preserved

All the explosive noise and wreckage falling out around our country recently cannot be dismissed as sound and fury, signifying nothing. Picketing gangs, swarming in the streets are not new in seeking to damage our historical culture.

What is most troubling about the current “hard left” demonstrators endeavoring to rip down visual reminders representing a window to our past is their lack of knowledge about our history. Most of them do not have an understanding of what may have taken place on the ground on which they stomp.

In a region where early patriots established their ideas for this country and where these values were finally consummated on the battlefield at Yorktown, it is disturbing to see ruthless mobs desiring to chip away visual aspects of our heritage they do not wish to see standing.

Yesterday, I read a brief reminder of what we as a people of this nation need to cling to. Ponder the last public message from James Madison, “Advice to my County:”

“The advice nearest to my heart and deepest in my convictions is that the Union of the States be cherished and perpetuated. Let the open enemy to it be regarded as a Pandora with her Box opened and disguised … as the serpent creeping with his deadly wiles into ‘Paradise.’ ”

Chiles Larson

Williamsburg

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