150 years ago one-third of a nation died.

There are no graves marking the final resting places of some 4,000 Cherokee Indians who died during a 1,000-mile forced march from Tennessee to Oklahoma along what has become known as the Trail of Tears.A commemorative wagon train set forth last week to retrace the route of the infamous march. It will be a slow journey, averaging just 16 miles each day, but it will be different. No one will go hungry, no one will starve, no one will die. Those participating will return home, safely, at journey's end.

Nothing done today will change what happened in 1838. It can only be hoped that a lesson was learned and that the tragedy of the Trail of Tears will not be relived.