Keeping the Unity in Community… in Sacred Days of Remembrance

Dear Reader:

Many of you picked up this year (while watching the special programs remembering 9/11) that one central theme arose among all of them…. the need for renewed unity.

I couldn’t help but hear Lincoln’s voice during the Gettysburg Address proclaiming the resolution that ” the honored dead should not have died in vain…and that this nation , under God, shall have a new birth of freedom… and that the government of the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Right after the attacks on the Twin Towers in 2001… a wave of patriotism and unity swept the country-we were “United” in every sense of the word.

But now 20 years later… we have, like in the Civil War, turned our divisiveness against each other… with politics leading the crusade.

We have watched in horror and disbelief on television Americans attacking their own government-the Capitol… attacking our own hard fought democracy. Surely this was fiction… but alas not.

What a travesty of justice and the thought that one day in the future a history teacher could be explaining to students how our Democratic country was brought down after 200 + years-not by a foreign enemy but ” We, the People” -it is too nightmarish for me to contemplate.

For the sake of the generations to come ” We the People” must get our act together -stop the internal bickering and look at the lessons of goodness and sacrifice we should be learning from 9/11!

There are, however, some great positives from many of the stories-one being more towns are displaying flags and holding more community events than ever before!

Take Daniel Island with their Honor Fest today and the American flags are flying everywhere you turn! Beauty Everywhere!

So until tomorrow… It’s time for us to prepare a new birth of freedom using kindness and listening as our weapons of power!

” Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh

It’s time for my Clemson Tigers to play… hopefully improved from last week-we are actually enjoying some football fall weather this weekend… but we all know there will be several hot summer games before fall beats summer out for dominance!

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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3 Responses to Keeping the Unity in Community… in Sacred Days of Remembrance

  1. Beth Brewer says:

    No truer words were ever spoken. Yours and Abe’s!!

  2. Rachel Edwards says:


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