I saw his name upon the wall, with 58,000 more. A fine young man, my high school friend, who had marched so proudly to war.
How could I know when I bid him goodbye, that he wouldn't be coming home. He fought in a jungle dark and damp, his body chilled to the bone.
Insects swarmed thick around his head, the mud was ankle deep. He must stay alert of the dangers around, though his body was aching for sleep.
Memories of family, his mom and his dad, his brothers and sisters alike. His high school sweetheart, soon to be bride, young love enjoyed in the night.
He was leading patrol with five other young men when rifle fire broke out. A sharp pain in his chest was all that he felt, his body went limp throughout.
Yes I saw his name upon the wall with 58,000 more. A fine young man, my high school friend.
I'll miss him forever more.
Mike was gracious enough to share this poem at our Memorial Day Observance and we are all grateful for his sharing. We would also like to say thank you to the VFW Post 1296 Honor Guard for the presenting of the colors and to all the men and women who have served and died for our country. Thank you for your service.
Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree. --Martin Luther
Thank you all friends, residents, families and community who came out to celebrate the dedication of our Memorial Garden. The inclement weather didn't put damper on this day filled with beauty. Also a big thank you to the children and representatives of Indian Mounds Elementary who joined us for the giving of the seedlings along with the amazing talent of Belle Amour. We had such a great time!
We hope that if you weren't able to make it, that you visit soon to enjoy our Memorial Garden. We will be planting our Korean Dwarf Lilac tree soon when the weather is cooperating and we hope that you plant your tree to grow as well.
Also, mark your calendars for our Summer Solstice A La Mode Celebration on June 20th from 6-8pm - click here to download the flyer. Warm Regards!
Remember to call your mother! We all get caught up in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives that it’s important to enjoy moments with the woman who helped raised you. Thank you to all the mother’s out there!
Luke Jenkins - Director of Community Relations