with Dot Patterson
Greetings from Hickory Corner!
We have had some hot weather lately. Sure seems like summer has arrived. As of now, sounds like we will have some beautiful weather for Memorial Day weekend.
Memorial Day is Monday, May 31. This is a day set aside on the last Monday in May to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it was a day to decorate and visit graves of those who lost their lives while fighting during the Civil War. Decoration Day eventually became known as Memorial Day and was declared an official holiday in 1971, honoring those in the United States who died in all wars. (military.com). Many wear a red Poppy on Memorial Day as a symbol of remembrance of fallen soldiers. This tradition originated from a poem “In Flanders Field,” written by John McCrae, a World War I surgeon. Eventually, the American Legion adopted the Red Poppy as a symbolism of remembrance (goodhousekeeping.com).
“In Flanders Field” – “In Flanders fields the poppies blow/Between the crosses, row on row/That mark our place; and in the sky/The larks, still bravely singing, fly/Scarce heard amid the guns below/We are the Dead. Short days ago/We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow/Loved and were loved, and now we lie/In Flanders fields/Take up our quarrel with the foe/To you from failing hands we throw/The torch; be yours to hold it high/If ye break faith with us who die/We shall not sleep, though poppies grow/In Flanders fields.”
Many observe Memorial Day with picnics and family gatherings as they celebrate the beginning of summer. So whatever you do to celebrate Memorial Day, please take time to remember all who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
Reminder that there will be a meeting at the HCC Center at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 3, with the election of officers being held that evening. Members will also be discussing plans for homecoming which will be held starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 19. Plans are to have a meal, cake walk and silent auction. More information on this will be coming after our meeting. We hope you can join us in helping make our first event in over a year a success.
Remember the annual membership dues of $25 for 2021 are due and payable this month. Mail dues to Sarah Holmes at 720 Holmes Road Henderson, TN 38340.
Remember in prayer Arlan Porter, Ann Bennett, Richy Butler, Ladelle Clark, Mildred Smith, Martha Autry, Ann Morrison, Bonice Martin, Peggy Whitman, Jim Ruth, W.T. Roland, Peggy Lard, William and Eddie Luttrell and Donna Lynch. Please continue to pray for all those who are dealing with sickness and those who have recently lost loved ones. If you would like to add or remove a name to our prayer list, please call me.
If you would like to rent the HCC Center for your special event, please call Nancy Patterson at 608-1159.
Folks, this is your column. Please call me at 989-3315 with tidbits, birthdays and anniversaries. I hope you call me and let me know how you spent your Memorial Day Weekend. It is difficult to write this column without your help.
Make it a great week!