History in the making

The story “Park seeks new heights” that appeared in The Leader-Herald reminds me of the fact the general public, especially our young people, really don’t know much about their history.

Some people even suggest that history is not relevant. Why learn what happened years or even hundreds of years ago when we are trying to manage the present day?

I believe that history is crucial in understanding not only about our past, but where our present is headed.

For example, Korea is a major issue in American and world affairs and has been since the Korean War, 1950-53. The war sparked off a bitter Cold War conflict that lasts to this day between North and South Korea and their allies.

My father served in the U.S. Army during those heady days, being stationed in an Army hospital in Tokyo, Japan. He saw the wounded coming back from the battle front and M.A.S.H. units. I am so very proud of him and other war veterans past and present who served.

The town of Florida’s National Veterans Park will be an eye-opener to the mirror of history and how history plays a crucial part in understanding our future.

Using modern technology to highlight our past by using interactive barcodes scanned by smartphones is a great way to reach out to the next generation – those who will continue building our American legacy.