In the news business, there are really few days off, and Memorial Day is certainly an example of that.
While I?know there are plenty of you who put in a much longer day than I?did, I would argue few of you spent as much time at Memorial Day programs as I was able to do.
I attended all or part of four different programs during the day – including one I?had never been to before. My morning started in Belview at the Odeon Hall and continued in Seaforth.
While I?had the privilege of celebrating Memorial Day in Bel-view one year ago, I?visited Seaforth for the first time.
What I?find so interesting about attending programs in different communities is seeing how each locale makes the program its own. While there are the traditional events, including the salute of the dead and the playing of “Taps,” at almost every program, there are also events unique to each site.
In Seaforth I watched as members of the community stood one by one and read aloud the names of their loved ones who had served in the military and has since passed away.
I know many people hear the list of names read aloud at many programs, hearing family members talk about their loved ones and what they mean to them is a nice personal touch.
Later in the day I was also able to take in the programs in Lucan where I?was able to enjoy music by the Lucan Community Band and heard a very moving address by Tom Schilling.
I caught the very end of the Vesta program, one I?have attended more than any other, and was able to go out to the Vesta cemetery with my family to hear the firing squad salute and listen to my kin, Dan Fixsen, play “Taps”?on his trumpet.
I think what I?enjoy most about being at these programs is that sense I get that wherever I?am I?feel like I?am home.
As one who grew up in Redwood County, I feel a connection with people wherever I?go, and in many cases that connection goes well beyond just knowing a face.
I?met a lady named Maureen in Seaforth who went to country school with my dad.
I am confident that connection is much broader than these four communities – a truth I?plan to explore next year in communities on the south end of the county.
If you didn’t get the chance to visit the Storyland exhibit at the Redwood Falls Public Library the opportunity has passed.
Earlier this week, the exhibit was packed up for its next destination. I had the chance to talk with Teri Smith soon after the packing was completed, and she said it looks as if more than 1,200 visitors enjoyed this exhibit.
Page 2 of 2 - Thanks to all of you who made this possible. It was a lot of fun, and every once in a while my baby girl still talks about the rabbit and puppy at the library.
I’m looking forward to a busy weekend on the west side of Redwood County.
Lucan is celebrating what I am hoping becomes an annual event called Pretzel Days, and I am going to spend some time over there taking in the festivities.
I?am very much looking forward to the promise of a good soft pretzel. I had the privilege of consuming my share of them when I?was in Germany, and even though Lucan is Irish at its roots I?am confident the Deutsch in much of the community’s residents is going to shine through.
I?encourage you to spend part of your weekend in Lucan.
If you plan to travel to Lucan Saturday, I also want to encourage you to head a little farther west for a unique event held in my backyard. Saturday marks the celebration of the opening of Irish yard. Come out and take part in this historic event. Take in all that is good about being part of rural Minnesota.
Enjoy the atmosphere. Take in the reality you are in a place built through hard work, persistence and passion. Enjoy this piece of Americana. By the way, you can see a baseball game, too.
I?hope to see you there.