When Tomorrow Means More than Yesterday

The Fort Vancouver National Trust invites history buffs—and those who care about the present and the future, too—to a free lecture at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16. This month’s presentation features Chief Warrant Officer 3 (Retired) Dan Sockle with a timely discussion entitled “When Tomorrow Means More than Yesterday: Can We ‘Trump’ the Roots of Extremism?”

Sockle will explore our urgent need to start caring more about what’s to come than what’s behind, about the lives of our children and future generations more than ghosts of the past. Only when we do this will vengeance-fueled conflicts fade into history. We must find a way to extract our instincts for revenge from the human condition, particularly from the DNA of politicians, religious leaders, and a complicit media that perpetuates conflict around the world. Sockle is well-positioned to give informed opinions on the subject, drawing on his 35 years of government service, predominantly in intelligence, criminal, and civil investigations. Sockle is also the author of the book “America’s Jihad,” which is a collection of true stories following 24 individual journeys from 9/11 to today.

There is no admission fee for the Trust’s Military History Talks. The presentation will be held at the historic Marshall House on the Fort Vancouver National Site, located at 1301 Officers Row, Vancouver. Seating is limited; please RSVP by emailing president@vbma.us. Upcoming Military History Talks include “The Vancouver Barracks, Proving Ground for Generals” on March 16. For more details on each History Talk, please visit the Fort Vancouver National Trust event calendar at www.fortvan.org/calendar.

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