Dear Editor,

I recently witnessed a reunion of a remarkable family at the American Civil War Museum. Over 65 members of the far-ranging Lewis/Patterson family reunited to honor not only their past, but the present and the future with children under five and young adults over 85 years of age.

Recognizing their humble beginnings from the offspring of the enslaved, to the present family of doctors, lawyers, teachers, first responders and current and past military members, they also recognize the importance of family to their future generations.

As an outsider looking in, I was extremely impressed.

Quoting a part of their The Purpose of Family: “… Being part of a family is a big responsibility. It is humbling when we realize that our family on earth is patterned after our family in heaven.” 

- Rod Stanley, supervisor of visitor engagement at the American Civil War Museum in Appomattox