Senior Spotlight for July 1, 2013

Independence Day is fast approaching. Independence Day and the symbol of our country, the American flag, mean different things to different folks. What does it mean to you?

When I was young and attending school, World War II was going on. Every morning we would salute the flag by pledging allegiance to it.

Now I see the stars and stripes and wonder what happened to the one nation under God, liberty, honor and respect? Look around and there are riots, demonstrations, discrimination of many races including white, greed and the “me first” mentality running rampant.

What happened to love your neighbor as you want to be loved, as Jesus meant us to love? Why all the nudity, sexual, profane television programs and publicly accepted behavior. Where is the respect, caring, forgiving, helping and courtesy we used to know?

Sorry I got a little carried away, but when I see the beautiful American flag flying or going by as in a parade, I wonder do you see what I see?

To me it is the emblem of my country, which I am proud to be part of. A country that was kept free by the sacrifice and dedication of our troops, a country that was based on the thought that all men are created equal and have the right to freedoms that were hard earned and should not be taken for granted.

I salute the flag and thank God for the blessing of living in this land and for those who allow me to be in the land of the free.

On the Fourth of July, there will be a parade sponsored by the VFW and Ladies Auxiliary, and it starts at noon. As the parade proceeds down Victory Way and turns at Ranney Street and you see the Stars and Stripes go by, give it a salute.

Place your hand over your heart, remove your hat and pay your respects to those that fought to keep us free and to the country that allows you to voice your discontent at its government and many other things. Remember our flag is not just a piece of cloth it is a symbol of “The land of the free, the home of the brave.”

Happy Birthday to Twanette Ayres and Deloris Yoast. Get well, speedy recovery to Verniece Self, Beth Miller, Mary Nue, Marie Greenwald, Blake Smith, Ron Moran, Maria Keller, Bev Chapman and Mary Fresquez.

There will be no bus service or noon meal at Sunset Meadows on Thursday.

The noon potluck will be held on Friday.

Remember the Relay For Life is coming up July 19 and 20. It will be at the fairgrounds this year so get out there and show your support for cancer research. You can join a team and walk, buy a luminaria in honor of a loved one or just give support. It is not just for survivors, but for all those who want to put an end to this vicious disease.

Keep cool and enjoy the summer days, Christmas is only a little more than 140 days away!

See you around.

— Mary Jo Brown

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