My friends, Wal Mart is planning to set up a store on the road next to the Wilderness battlefield. The chain already has three stores within twenty miles of the site. Imagine driving to the Wilderness National Park and on your left side, you see a Wal Mart.
In addition, it is not just Wal Mart itself. Once that store comes in, others will spring up. Wal Mart will only be the beginning. This store will be the Trojan Horse.
We should remember that only twenty percent of Civil War battle sites have been federalized. The rest of it is private land.
That is where we, the Civil War enthusiasts, come in.
I know what you might be thinking. "Wal Mart is a big chain. What can we do against them?"
There is much we can do. The first step is to write to the local politicians.
The Wilderness battlefield is within the boundaries of Orange County, Virginia. That county is run by a County Board of Supervisors.
I urge you to write to them. The Board consists of five supervisors. Here are their email addresses:
firstname.lastname@example.org –R. Mark Johnson
email@example.com - Zack Burkett
Teel.Goodwin@vabb.com –Teel Goodwin
firstname.lastname@example.org –Teri L. Pace
email@example.com –Lee Frame
We can now take an important step to save this sacred site. Remember that history is who we are. It is our identity. The Wilderness battlefield is a part of us.
Please help out. Thanks.