David McCullough said that “History is who we are and why we are the way we are.” - that sums it up pretty perfectly for me. Whilst as a species we are constantly evolving, trying to improve ourselves, trying to do something new, we really are the product of our history. Perhaps we don't always learn all the lessons we could (or should) from the past however, but it is an inescapable fact that not one single part of life as we know it today would be as it is without the events that have gone before.
Of course it isn't only the famous events from history that shape our world, but the individual, personal stories that often put the bigger picture into a clearer context. Having recently visited the CWGC cemeteries in Northern France to pay my respects at my Great Grandfather's grave on the Somme - an experience I shall never forget - it reinforced my belief that personal connections to the past are extremely powerful.
I relish the opportunity that The History Herald presents - not only to share my passion of the past - but also to encourage others to share their love of whatever period of history they happen to be captivated by.