The ceremony that took place at the Roanoke Rapids High School Saturday was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that reminds us of tradition and heritage.
Not being from the area, I was surprised by the turnout of the rededication of the Roanoke Rapids High School cornerstone ceremony. What a wonderful moment to relive history with the Grand Lodge of North Carolina Ancient, Free, and Accepted Masons conducting the same ceremony that was held in 1920.
The contents of the past always intrigue me because it tells a story. The worn newspaper and Bible were very important as they defined the culture and events of the period in Roanoke Rapids and the surrounding area. I was most pleased with the forceful acknowledgment from the public questioning whether the Bible would remain, to which it did. It’s funny because there are times when people in today’s period would question the placement of something of the kind so close to a public institution.
I personally think it’s great since it is part of history and tells the future that Christianity is alive and well in the area. I often hear people give the same old remark about the “separation of church and state.” To be fair, that quote is not in the Constitution, but an excerpt from Thomas Jefferson’s 1802 letter to the Danbury Baptist Association talking about the wall of separation between church and state. The first amendment is pretty clear that Congress shall not make a law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise of it.
This is a perfect balance between the two, as the Bible is an expression of the culture of the community in Roanoke Rapids. It’s a wonderful thing and one that should be respected even if you’re not a Christian. Any community should maintain its heritage and traditions, even if it means under God.
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