Academic journal article The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

From the Director

Academic journal article The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

From the Director

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September 11, 2001

As a people, we suffered a terrible national tragedy on September 11. All of us will remember that day as long as we live. Some of us felt a loss more closely than others, but the events of that day touched us all. For those old enough , to remember, there is the same sense of stunned disbelief, numbing sadness, and uncertainty that followed the attack on Pearl Harbor and the assassination of John E Kennedy. Like then, this is a difficult time for all Americans.

This is also a time when we who value and preserve the history of our country hold a very special place and purpose. In good times and bad, our historical societies and museums are havens for learning and understanding the lessons of the past. They provide a sense of time, place, and stability. They are a place for dialog, debate, and the exchange of ideas. They are temples of civil discourse. They protect the collective memory of our people and remind us that together we are strong. They remind us that there is comfort in the past. …

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