Right way to honor our heritage

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Unfortunately, the term heritage when related to Southern states often brings about ugly images of defiant anti-segregationists waving a Confederate battle flag and angrily shouting, “Fergit, hell!”

While the Civil War is painted by some as a romantic time when even slaves were happy and whistling upbeat tunes, the antebellum South’s institution of slavery is nothing to be proud of.

Fortunately, there are at least two events regularly scheduled in August to remind and teach us that there are plenty of positive things about Southern heritage that we indeed can be proud of.

Scott Hogsed Youth Conservation Day, which was held Saturday, demonstrates the importance of our environment and teaches children to respect it. They also learned how to be safe when fishing, hunting or playing outdoors.

The Hogsed event also teaches those kids about how our ancestors survived without all the modern wonders we take for granted in the 21st century.

Local Civil War re-enactors were even on hand to teach youngsters about the weapons used during that brutal conflict in the 1860s.

The annual Heritage Walk and Festival is set this weekend and will feature arts and crafts as well as a look back into our history.

The event also pays respect to the Trail of Tears and the Cherokee who were forced from their homes in 1838 to move to the Oklahoma territory. The Cherokee were staged here at Fort Butler before that long, sad march.

These events are wonderful examples of the right way to preserve our heritage and the things that make Cherokee County the special place that it is today.

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