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I did it!! As soon as I finished last week’s column I booked my D-Day Remembrance Tour for September 2024!
There are already several other people booked, including a couple from Georgia. I’m hoping we can connect between now and then to get acquainted. Also, I have an extensive list of movies to watch and books to read before going. I’ve seen several of the movies and already have a couple of the books. But I certainly have my homework to do!
This particular tour company was formed by Stephen Ambrose who was himself part of the “Band of Brothers” which the TV mini-series was based on. He was also one of the founding members of the World War II Museum in New Orleans. He has written several books about his experiences – of course, they are on the list to read! I’m also now on a newsletter list getting more and more information about the places we will be going and the things we will see. I AM SO EXCITED!!
I saw in last week’s edition that the JSU Marching Band will be participating in the 80th Anniversary celebration on June 6, 2024. I would love to be there for that, but I think there will just be too many people to my liking. If you didn’t read the article last week, go back and read it – this band has a wonderful record of being invited to important events.
My patriotism is still going strong this week as we celebrated Flag Day this past Wednesday, and tomorrow our friends in the Black community will celebrate Juneteenth, which they recognize as their Freedom Day from slavery. On Sunday we will be celebrating Father’s Day, and I hope we can remember all the fathers who gave their lives in the service to our country and/or served in our military.
I’ll touch briefly on the dueling political parties trying to bring down the two main candidates running to be our next president.
Last week news broke that supposed evidence had been found that our current president and his son, Hunter, received more than $10 million from the oil company where Hunter served on the Board of Directors. It is now reported that the information comes from an executive of the company (Burisma) and that he has audio of the conversations. The money was supposedly in exchange for help to get U.S. oil rights.
Almost simultaneously, it was announced our former president was indicted by the DOJ on 37 counts of supposed mishandling of classified documents. Bear in mind, supposed classified documents have also been found in the possession of President Biden and former Vice President Mike Pence, but there have been no charges made against them.
These two topics have occupied the news cycles while the daily occurrences of the invasion on the southern border, mass murders, Russian planes and ships too close to American assets, and reports of more Chinese spying have taken the back pages. Maybe they were also intended to draw away from the debt ceiling being raised and the wasted taxpayer money that continues to be spent.
Of course, there is also the New York mayor now wanting to house illegal immigrants in private homes. There are also parents in some of the northern states protesting housing illegal immigrants in public schools! You just can’t make this stuff up. And there will be more that will have surfaced before this week’s edition of the paper hits the stands!
I have to say I really enjoy reading Rodger Williamson’s columns. We have a lot in common in our positions on the Constitution and how we got to the mess we are in today. I am much more of a Constitutional Conservative than I am a Republican and fully agree with his comments last week.
In reality, none of us are truly free any longer. We are dictated to by the federal government with regulations, laws and taxes that were NEVER meant to exist. I’m afraid this next election will determine if we maintain some semblance of freedom or if we slide straight into socialism/communism. We are sheep being led to slaughter unless we wake up fast.
On a local note, there are several organizations looking for new members and volunteers. The recently formed Coosa County Chapter of the Alabama Scenic River Trails will be putting out mile marker signs on Hatchet Creek and could use some paddlers to help. If you like to kayak or canoe, please think about joining this group to help them improve the great creek we have – and eventually others.
The Coosa County Historical Society is also looking for new members. The purpose of this group is to help share the history of the county and the families who have been the founders and inhabitants. Every family has a story, and they would love to have new voices and stories to tell.
Many of us “older” people are not as able-bodied as we once were so it would be great to have some of the younger generations join us so we can pass on what we know before we are gone.
Unfortunately, there are many organizations and clubs that are falling into extinction because of the lack of new members. And this applies to local churches, as well.
We remember what it was like to be young and raising a family, but we also participated in activities important to our children – PTA, sports and park activities, Boy and Girl Scouts, etc. When children see their parents involved it helps them carry on the traditions.
OK – let’s see what next week brings us! AND REMEMBER FATHER’S DAY!