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Opinion

July 22, 2013

Battle site deserves recognition

— Recognizing our past both honors our history and allows us to look forward.

The Honey Springs Battlefield Historic Site recently received two honors.

The site was given the National Underground Railroad-Network to Freedom award.

It also was designated a National Historic Landmark.

Both presentations occurred at the sesquicentennial Honey Springs Memorial Service.

Christopher Price, the director of the Honey Springs Battlefield site, said the service is a way of remembering the men who fought in the famous battle.

“It’s one of those things that we as a community can commemorate things from our past which still shape our future,” Price said. “It is distinctly different than a re-enactment. This is a memorial service.”

The site commemorates the Battle of Honey Springs, which took place during the Civil War on June 17, 1863.

Lynn Shackleford, a member of the Trans-Mississippi Rifle Veterans Reserve, said it best at the service:

“We re-enact to educate, educate to preserve, and preserve to honor.”

Shackleford also said while his group “is Confederate, we have Union colors on today as well. We are all Americans.”

This nation was torn apart by the Civil War. We will never fully mend that division if we don’t acknowledge the sacrifices made on both sides of the war.

Honey Springs is an important part of our state’s history and deserves these honors.

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