MESSAGE FROM THE CEDAR CREEK BATTLEFIELD FOUNDATION
The recent unsealing of an FBI search warrant has fueled national press interest in threats made several years ago against the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation and other participants in battlefield preservation and reenactment activities. The Foundation, like the rest of the public, is simply observing the efforts of law enforcement and awaiting their outcome. However, the REAL STORY of the sacrifice, generosity and courage of our community of supporters – and especially the reenactors – is often overlooked in the scramble to report recent events.
For years, the dedication and perseverance of our community of supporters has resulted in preservation of key Shenandoah Valley battlefield land and resources, public education, and a series of unparalleled reenactments that showcase the grit, patriotism and public spirit of our entire community. The importance and uniqueness of this continuing grassroots effort has even attracted international attention and film crews who understand that there is something very special here. This has all been done on a volunteer basis and at great personal expense to our many volunteers and dedicated reenactors. While this may go unnoticed in some of the press reports, it is foremost in our thoughts. We will be forever grateful. We will continue to work shoulder-to-shoulder with you, as a team, in the spirit of public service and dedication to the principles that have yielded such positive results. Again, we at the Foundation – a small group of citizen volunteers – wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your courage, dedication and support.