The ancient city of Palmyra was, at one time a thriving and bustling Syrian city built in AD 75 during the Palmyrene Empire after Septimia Zenobia, the regent queen of Palmyra, rebelled against to Roman Empire in AD 273.
Palmyra is unquestionably the heart of Syria's rich and deep heritage. And the Paladin of that heritage was unquestionably Khaled Al-Asaad.
Al-Asaad was a geologist and the head of antiquities at the ancient city. He was born in Palmyra on this day in 1932 and that's also where he died.
When ISIS attacked the ruins of the city in 2015, Al-Asaad helped to hide the city's treasures and evacuste his fellow researchers. He was captured by the Jihadists and was interrogated for a month before he was finally executed in his beloved city on August 15, 2015.
He saved thousands of years of Syria's heritage. He died protecting the honor and the stories of the people who came before him from those who claim to love their nation and their faith but seek to destroy both.
Khaled Al-Asaad was beheaded by ISIS at 82 years old. He was hung from a pole outside the city, and adorning his corpse was a sign that read "Director of Idolatry".
It should have read Protector of our History.