The Media is an interesting animal. In this age of the Internet and instant information, it's a mighty tool that can be wielded to inspire and galvanize people and organizations into action for a common good. Unfortunately, it can also be a weapon to perpetuate negativity.
It was the Media that first brought to light the discovery of the 11 graves on the 12th High School construction site and PWCS's rush to remove them to make way for their football stadium. At the beginning of the storm, I and several of my Lynn cousins were contacted by reporters from many different newspapers and television stations. That media scrutiny helped galvanize the public and historical community to fight for a tiny 19th century cemetery on the brink of extinction.
I am sincerely grateful to each and every periodical and reporter that took an interest and kept the story in the pubic eye until all parties were able to come to an amicable solution. Of them all, two stand out for special thanks:
(1) Thank you to InsideNova for breaking the story in August 2013 and staying with it! This small Northern Virginia newspaper led the charge.
(2) Thank you to The Washington Post. Mike Ruane's front page article on December 3, 2013 was a balanced, well written piece that fairly reported both sides of the controversy and brought the story to an unexpected national level. I'd also like to thank The Post for being the only periodical interested enough to stay with the story until its full closure with Saturday's Memorial and Dedication Ceremony, when former "adversaries" came together in compromise to honor the resting place of a 19th century farming family.
Following is the full text of Ms. Balingit's (9 September 2014) article, which can be found on the The Washington Post website.