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Some of the most rewarding times of my life...

By Buck Bannister
November 11, 2011

The photograph is of the 33d Regiment Light Infantry at an event at Cowpens National Battlefield. Members are resting between demonstrations by the campfire and tents. Preserving our parks is of paramount importance to me. Unfortunately, the historic parks tend to get short shrift - even from NPCA although they suffer the worst budget shortfalls, the most encroachment by development, and the worst looting of their treasures. In fact, the only historic parks that seem to garner any attention are the Civil War sites and then only when Wal-Mart or a casino want to build nearby. We are losing our heritage at an astounding rate in this country. An excellent example would be my current hometown of Tucson, AZ with sites dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. Saguaro National gets a lot of attention while historic sites within the city and county are razed at an alarming rate to make way for "progress." There are NO historic parks nearby except for Casa Grande ruins which are pre-Columbian. The history of the Old West is being lost daily including the commercialization of entire communities like Tombstone which resemble a theme park more than an historic site. The few remaining historical buildings that have not been "revamped" as tourist traps were state parks and have now lost their protections thanks to Arizona's economic and political debacles. Sincerely, Buck Bannister Tucson, AZ

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