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It seems that the LTE is confusing the definitions of "commemorate" and "celebrate."
1 - to call to remembrance
2 - to mark by some ceremony or observation
1 - to honor (as a holiday) especially by solemn ceremonies or by refraining from ordinary business
2 - to observe a notable occasion with festivities
No one, except possibly the LTE and that one bar in Missouri (http://www2.ljworld.com/weblogs/town_talk/2013/aug/20/missouri-tiger-bar-plans-to-celebrate-an/), thought their was a celebration of the murders; but, rather, a remembrance or commemoration, of the fateful event.
Yet, LTE, you are correct that such an event should have sober and reflective moments.
Thanks for clarifying the logic that Mr. Wysocki obviously failed to grasp.
How about "commemorate those Lawrence citizens" who were terrorized and murdered by Quantrill and his terrorists. I think your confusing the LTE's point.
another area news paper had an article about how quick we are to forgive and forget about
pearl harbor and 9-11, but the Lawrence folks still cant give up on Quantrill.
I guess it is a pc thing
The maffia is commemorated with shows like the Godfather and more recently the Sopranos and Jesse James (who participated Quantrill's Raid) has been glorified as are many outlaws of the era. Easy, i guess, when your several years removed from the carnage and terror they inflicted.
All of the events that I attended seldom talked about Quantrill. They mostly talked of the people who died, or more importantly the fact that the survivors rebuilt the city and thrived, while karma caught up with Quantrill. It's unfortunate that it is called "Quantrill's Raid", but that's the name that history gave it, and it would probably be hard to change. I guess we could call it the Lawrence massacre, but I doubt if anyone could change it now.
I flipped through a huge 1000 pages or so book about the civil war and 1 paragraph of it referenced Quantrill
perhaps that shows you how insignificant Lawrence ks is to everywhere but Lawrence ks
The writer might have forgotten the coup and assassination in Chile of elected President Allende on Sep 11, 1973. That's another terrorist attack that left the South American nation in the grasp of Pinochet, who murdered thousands. It has a US component, and in international discussions has a more prominent place than it does in the US press.
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