18 May 2018

Monuments & Tours: "These Boys Will Not Be Forgotten"

SVBF CEO, Kevin Walker speaking at the Women’s Memorial Society’s annual memorial to Confederate soldiers who died during the Battle of New Market.
Image source: The Northern Virginia Daily
Last month, I had the privilege of leading another tour of the Battle of Waynesboro for the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. Assisting me with guiding the tour was SVBF CEO Kevin Walker. This is the 2nd time I've done this tour for the SVBF. There were over 30 folks in attendance. It was an honor to do the tour with Kevin this year. He's very knowledgeable and his passion for historic preservation is contagious. 

Earlier this week, Kevin made some insightful remarks at the annual memorial service for the Battle of New Market. The Northern Virginia Daily newspaper noted:
Walker gave the keynote speech Tuesday during the Women’s Memorial Society’s annual memorial to Confederate soldiers who died during the Battle of New Market. In addition to Walker’s speech, members of the women’s society laid flowers and a wreath by the Confederate memorial monument at St. Matthew’s Cemetery, and the Virginia Military Institute color guard presented the colors and retired the colors. The Confederacy won the Battle of New Market, in large part because of the contributions of cadets of the Virginia Military Institute.
Part of Kevin's remarks included the following:
“It is not to us to judge their time, but it is to us to remember their time, to right their wrongs and to seize onto their example and to carry it into the future,” Walker said. “If we do not remember their sacrifice — if we do not remember their struggles — then our nation will not have gained from their loss.
He concluded with:
“It is not enough for us to meet once a year,” Walker said. “We have to meet these boys every day in our hearts. I pledge to you that as long as I live and breathe, these boys will not be forgotten.”
As noted, the Virginia Military Institute Color Guard was also on hand for the festivities:

Image source: The Northern Virginia Daily
Honoring and remembering those who defended their homes is still alive and well in much of America. Complete story here.

Below are a couple of images for the Waynesboro tour we conducted last month.

At the William Harman Monument, Battle of Waynesboro Tour
At the terminus of Early's left flank, Battle of Waynesboro Tour

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