During the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, Aldous PLLC Supports Battlefield Preservation

09-Apr-2012

Since its founding last September, and with the advent of the 150th anniversary of the outbreak of the American Civil War, Aldous PLLC has supported various efforts to sustain the memory of that most pivotal time in our nation’s history and to ensure the preservation of hallowed ground upon which our forefathers fought, suffered and died to prove that the American experiment was sound and would sustain.  Such a cause is worthy of continued public and private support.

Recently, on March 22, 2012, O. James Lighthizer, President of the Civil War Trust (CWT), testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, seeking continued funding for the Civil War Battlefield Preservation Program (CWBPP).  The Civil War Trust is a 55,000-member nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving America’s remaining Civil War battlefields.  To date, it has permanently protected more than 32,000 acres of hallowed ground in 20 states, most of it outside National Park Service (NPS) boundaries.

The CWT estimates that 30 acres of battlefield lands are lost every day.  Mr. Lighthizer appealed to the Subcommittee, advocating that “[w]ith the sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War underway, now is the opportune time to reaffirm our national commitment to the protection of these hallowed grounds.”

The need for preservation support, both public and private, is as real and immediate as ever.  “These battlefield lands are an irreplaceable part of our shared national heritage.  These lands are consecrated with the blood of brave Americans who fought and died to create the country we are today.  By preserving these hallowed grounds, we can rightfully honor all who made the ultimate sacrifice, whether it was on the rolling fields of Gettysburg or the sandy beaches of Fort Wagner. . . .  Development threatens to erase these sacred sites; living history – our shared history – will consequently fade into distant memory. . . .  Once these hallowed grounds are lost, they are lost forever.”

During the past two decades, federal matching programs have led to “an unprecedented and almost-immediate surge in Civil War battlefield preservation” and have also “encourag[ed] stated and private investment in battlefield land protection.”  The signing by President Bush of The Civil War Battlefield Preservation Act in late 2002 “has provided funding predictability for the program’s non-federal partners, encouraging continued private-sector involvement in battlefield preservation.”  The Civil War Battlefield Preservation Program – which was reauthorized as part of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 – has provided grants protecting 17,500 acres in 14 states.

Mr. Lighthizer asked the Subcommittee to approve the authorized amount of $10 million for FY 2012.  “Funding at this level will allow for continued success of the program and the preservation of key battlefield lands that will serve as lasting, tangible legacies for the sesquicentennial.”  He concluded by adding that battlefield preservation not only “honor[s] the memory of our Civil War ancestors,” but preserved battlefields serve as “outdoor classrooms” so that future generations can learn about the American Civil War, “a defining moment in our country’s history.” 

The full text of Mr. Lighthizer’s testimony can be found here.

 

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Aldous pllc is a law firm located in mid-town Manhattan and Westchester (New York), dedicated to providing quality and cost-effective legal services to its clients. Its founding member, Kenneth E. Aldous, is an experienced lawyer, qualified to practice in both the U.S. and UK, who has represented a broad range of diverse interests in complex litigation before various federal and state courts, as well as in domestic and international arbitration.

With the right experience, an unwavering dedication to client needs, and a strong commitment to quality – not to mention a strategic network of outside legal professionals in a variety of specializations and geographic locations – Aldous pllc offers its clients an attractive alternative. Whatever your legal needs, Aldous pllc is well situated to help you and your business find your way through a complex and fast-paced world.

 

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