Last Saturday, almost 100 people were at the Truman Library and Peace Plaza for remembrance of U.N. peacekeepers who sacrificed their lives to mediate disputes around the world. The first such peacekeeping force was deployed by President Truman in 1948 with the newfound State of Israel.
People at this tribute included representatives from the offices of Sen. Claire McCaskill and U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, the mayor of Independence and a teacher with some of her students from Hickman- Mills School District (during summer vacation). Absent were any radio or TV station or, to my knowledge, anyone from the print media.
This is sad, for we are not just citizens of Kansas City but citizens of the world. We become more aware of our world and our place in it when we are connected with such events and they are shared with the people of our community by the media.