January 6, 2021 – A Day Never To Forget

For those who expressed concern about why no new HillFaith posts have appeared since before January 6, I am fine after covering the events of that day as a journalist until late into the night. Yesterday was a day of recovery and refreshment, as I was physically, mentally and spiritually exhausted when I arrived home late in the night.

Today I am back. Thank you to all who prayed on my behalf Wednesday and who pray every day for all of those who work on Capitol Hill and who pray without ceasing for America.

The news was confirmed last night that Capitol Hill Police (CHP) Officer Brian Sicknick died of injuries he sustained while confronting rioters on Wednesday. May God give him rest and his family and friends comfort.

His injuries were a result of being hit in the head with a fire extinguisher. A criminal investigation has been launched to identify the person or persons responsible. May God lead investigators as they seek the facts and evidence.

And may He comfort the family and friends of Ashli Babbit, the Air Force veteran who was shot and killed during the riot in the Capitol. I pray, too, for the officer who pulled the trigger.

I was only able to leave the Cannon Rotunda late Wednesday night, then had to make my way through the Cannon Tunnel to the Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) and to the Senate trolley to Dirksen.

While traversing the CVC, I encountered a group of a dozen or so CHP officers and several EMSers rolling a person on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance. I don’t know if that person was one of the three who died of medical complications during the day. Such a sad scene.

To be honest, I am still struggling to come to grips with everything I witnessed Wednesday while covering the day’s events as a congressional correspondent for The Epoch Times.

What I do know is that seeing the Capitol attacked and damaged breaks my heart because, more than the White House or the Supreme Court, the Capitol is the heart of American government.

I love its architecture, it’s solemnity and dignity, and the privileges I’ve enjoyed as a journalist, a congressional aide and an American citizen to walk its halls and breath its deeply historic atmosphere. It is worth grieving whenever it is injured.

Most of all, I love the people who are daily in the Capitol and the surrounding office buildings on the Senate and House; the members, the aides, the employees, my fellow journalists who make their living covering Congress. It’s why I came to the nation’s capital in 1976 and why I’ve remained here ever since.

My prayer is that God will heal our land, bring a spirit of revival of faith and honor, and renew American patriotism and pride.


Author: Mark Tapscott

Follower of Christ, devoted husband of Claudia, doting father and grandfather, conservative lover of liberty, journalist and First Amendment fanatic, former Hill and Reagan aide, vintage Formula Ford racer, Okie by birth/Texan by blood/proud of both, resident of Maryland. Go here: https://hillfaith.blog/about-hillfaith-2/

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