Washington column / Sept. 10

Remembering 9/11

I trust everyone had a nice and safe Labor Day weekend. This will be the last vacation for some of us until Thanksgiving. Come to think, that’s not too far off.

In just a few days, our country will be observing the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11 tragedy, the country’s worst terrorist attack. For some, it seems long ago; for others, it’s only like yesterday.

Let’s not forget the innocent victims and the brave heroes who died attempting to save them. Nor the survivors, the children, the devastated families and the grieving friends they left behind.

And in our time, we will honor the memory of that day by doing our duty as citizens of this great country. Let’s take time out from our busy schedule on Sept. 11 to remember those who lost their lives through this tragedy.

Don’t forget that Reynolds Memorial, Sperryville, is having a special worship service on Friday, Sept. 11, at 6 p.m. in remembrance of 9/11. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m., with the honor and prayer service to follow. There will be special music by the Reynolds Praise Team, “David’s Heart.” Doves will be released in honor of the victims. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, call 540-987-9101.

Historic(al) news

Rappahannock Historical Society news from Judy Tole:

The 50th-annual membership meeting of the Rappahannock Historical Society is on Sunday, Sept. 20, at 3 p.m. at Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church, Sperryville. It has been an amazing 50 years of collecting myriads of information about Rappahannock County, its people and places. Beginning with a desire to record and preserve the unique history of the county, a group of interested citizens met in December 1964 to form the Rappahannock Historical Society.

In 1965, it was incorporated and boasted 171 members. Where to meet was solved by the telephone company, which donated the 1820s brick building it had planned to raze to build a larger facility. In order to build an addition, the headquarters was moved in 2000 to its present location that currently houses the wealth of memorabilia relating to the history, heritage and people of Rappahannock County.  

Through the vision and generosity of the founding members, RHS thrives. From the start, RHS has relied solely on volunteers and donations to accomplish significant achievements during its 50 years of existence and hopes for many more years of service to the community.  

Discussion of Shenandoah: A story of conservation and betrayal by author Sue Eisenfeld was followed by a sponsored by RHS and the Children of the Shenandoah. Eisenfeld first encountered the Shenandoah National Park as a weekend visitor and hiker of its more well worn paths. She appreciated its beauty and wildness, and she was proud of its position as one of the best of the eastern national parks, providing relief and excitement to many millions of people every year. But the more she visited and enjoyed, the more Eisenfeld learned about its emotional beginnings, and about those displaced families whose memories are still bitter after 75 years. Her book, “Shenandoah: A Story of Conservation and Betrayal” is Eisenfeld’s take on this history, and on how her research and investigation into the park’s story has allowed her to integrate the often tragic beginnings with the ongoing pride and enjoyment the park provides, has provided, and will provide to future generations.

Those of us “been heres” and “come heres” in the area from which the park was created should have a special regard for her journey. Eisenfeld will talk about that and her book at a special meeting of the RHS on Sept. 20, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Reynolds Memorial Church in Sperryville. Eisenfeld did not confine her investigations to the maps, surveys, deeds, letters and books that tell the story. She also chose to walk miles and miles through rough terrain, finding and exploring home sites, cemeteries and detritus left from sad departures. So, her story is all the more real, and all the more integrated, so that, in the end, Eisenfeld can justify the park’s poignant beginnings with its wonderful present, and promising future.

Eisenfeld is a journalist and resident of Arlington, Va.


On Sunday, Sept. 20, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wendy Aichele and Angela Snyder will present a concert of organ, piano and violin music. Originally scheduled for July, the concert had to be postponed due to a death in Angela’s family. The first part of the program will include classical music (Bach, Handel, Telemann, Beethoven). The second part of the program will feature familiar hymns and Swedish songs. The concert will be followed by a lemonade and iced tea social. A free will offering will be collected for the Rappahannock Benevolent Fund. Everyone is invited.

Homecoming celebration

All are welcome to come and celebrate homecoming at Washington Baptist Church, on Sunday, Oct. 11,  with a traditional worship service followed by lunch. This year, the Reverend Phil Bailey, former pastor of WBC, will be the guest speaker.


The Aileen reunion is at 1 p.m. at the Front Royal Cracker Barrel (15 Riverton Commons Plaza). For more information, give Joyce Pullen a call at 540-987-8091. I want to try and make this reunion to see some of my buddies who I worked with years back.


Belated birthday wishes go out to C.E. Dodson. He celebrated his day on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Birthday wishes also go out to a friend, Pat Giles, who will celebrate her special day on Sunday, Sept. 13, and to Joy Alther, whose special day is Monday (Sept. 14).

Have a wonderful week!