This past weekend was most definitely a very busy one. I’m pretty sure that I predicted that in a previous column. Relay for Life, the reception at the Carnegie Center for the Arts, the concert in Lafayette Park, and Covered Bridge Days were just some of the activities that attracted a lot of attention. Kudos to all who participated in “Cowboy Kickin’ for a Cure” at Armstrong Field; Phil and Doris Halverson for hosting at the Carnegie; Hohner Funeral Home, Knapp Roofing, and the City of Three Rivers for giving us a wonderful Friday evening in a park filled with music. I must not forget the Apple Crate Kids for their outstanding performances at the Players’ Theatre. Fiddler on the Roof Jr. played to six sold out houses this past weekend. Generosity and talent abound here in the Three Rivers area
Each of the activities I just mentioned deserves everyone’s attention and attendance. Unfortunately, there just aren’t enough hours in the day to participate in them all. I’ll continue to do my best as far as keeping you informed of opportunities to get Out and About. It’s important to pick and choose and be a part of as many community events as you can. Being a participant is what makes the Three Rivers community what it is today.
The Fourth of July will be celebrated this next weekend. I’ve always been a fan of parades, so I’ll be in the best of moods for the next week. I’d like to share a poem with you that I received from a faithful reader of this column. It pretty much expresses my feelings about parades and Old Glory.
ON YOUR FEET, ON YOUR FEET!
THE FLAG IS COMING THIS WAY.
IT STANDS FOR BROKEN BODIES AND SHATTERED MINDS
SACRIFICED ON BATTLEFIELDS FAR AWAY.
DUTY – HONOR – COUNTRY, THREE HALLOWED WORDS
REPEATED, AS THEY’D PRAY
THEIR COURAGE, LOYALTY, FAITHFULNESS, LOVE,
AND WE CAN STAND HERE FREE,
PRAISE ALMIGHTY GOD, AND THOSE WHO’VE SERVED.
THEIR DEDICATION’S NO MYSTERY.
YOUNG AND OLD; TALL AND BENT,
EXPRESS YOUR THANKS TO THOSE WHO WENT
ANSWERING THE CALL OF AMERICA,
FOR ALL, THOSE YEARS WERE SPENT
RED, WHITE, AND BLUE, OLD GLORY WE SAY.
THE SYMBOL OF THESE WE HONOR TODAY.
ON YOUR FEET! AT OUR FEET THEY LAY
THE BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY EVERY DAY.
ON YOUR FEET! THE FLAG IS COMING OUR WAY!
As we move into the month of July and celebrate the birth of our great nation, please remember the true meaning of the Fourth of July. Remember, he who comes forth with a fifth on the fourth, may not come forth on the fifth. Have a wonderful Fourth of July weekend. If you travel, please be safe and watch out for the idiot coming your way in the other lane. It’s against the law to text while driving and just plain stupid to use your cell phone while driving.
See you Out and About!
Submitted by Norm Stutesman