What’s Left?

May 28th, 2014 | By admin | Category: Opinion

I hope you had a good Memorial Day holiday!  I worked - as I do each year - and part of that is to attend one or more of the veterans ceremonies that are held in the city. Monday morning, I attended a ceremony where five active Air Force personnel were here in town to honor two soldiers. AF TSgt. Ryan Allen, of Beebe, organized the effort and the soldiers came to Beebe Cemetery Monday morning and presented an American flag to the family of AF Lt. Col. Roy Simmons and U.S. Army soldier Nathan Johnston. It was a very nice gesture and I know the families were honored to have these soldiers honor their departed loved ones.

The other ceremony was presented by the VFW Post 7769 and was held at noon Monday at the Veterans Monument in Beebe. There was a nice crowd there and a strong wind which helped keep those in attendance cool. I appreciate all the efforts that were made for these two different ceremonies to honor those who gave their lives for their country.

I also worked on an interview that I did with our own Lee Hayes regarding his trip on the American Heroes flight to Washington, D.C. for WWII survivors. It was an interesting interview and I appreciated him letting me do that. While looking up some information on the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., I came across a place where I could look up my uncle, Billy D. Kemp, who was a bombadier on a B-26 (?) and perished in France during World War II (info at left). I was so touched when I saw this. It made me feel closer to him  - especially since it was Memorial Day when I found this.  We all need to be greatful to all of those men and women who not only died for our freedoms but those who just signed their names and said, “Send me - I’ll go and do whatever you tell me to do.” They put their lives on the line by signing their name. I appreciate all of those who have given and are presently a part of our military forces.

Go to your happy place.

See you next week!