Col. Chris Hadfield: A man of the future on the importance of studying the past

We invited Col. Chris Hadfield to last year’s inaugural National Capital History Day. Although he was unable to attend in person, Canada’s famous astronaut took time out of his very busy schedule to send along this message to students and teachers.

It was the highlight of the day.

“Everything you do is based on the events that have gone before,” he said. “If you want to make an informed decision, and if you want to do things that make sense for the future, it is so much more helpful if you understand the past.”

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