A Memorial Day to remember


Today was Memorial Day. Normally the day would have included family barbecues, games in the park and way too much food. Today was a little different for most here in Lavaca. I saw neighbors, friends and family members helping to pack out houses in order to beat the rising flood waters. I saw volunteers loading sandbags at First Baptist Church hoping to help repel the river. Yes, today was full of friends and family, but in Lavaca today was an all hands on deck family work day.

I am so very proud of the Lavaca community. The way this town has come together to help each other in a time of need does not surprise me at all. I have witnessed this community come together to help each other before. It is what makes Lavaca a special place to live. From helping a family deal with a childhood cancer, team Bailey and no one fights alone to the rising flood waters of the Arkansas River, the townsfolk of Lavaca are some of the most caring and loving people I have ever known. I am proud to be counted among them.

Even with all that is going on today, I do hope that each and every one of my readers did manage to take time to remember that today is Memorial Day. I was able to break away with my wife and two of my boys and venture out to the National Cemetery in Fort Smith. For me, it may be one of the most peaceful places on earth. I walked through and visited my grandparents grave, Elmo and Floriene Lamb as well as my Great Uncle George Lamb. We visited my wife’s grandfather’s grave as well, Walter Morphew. We left pennies on their stones. Then, we simply walked through the cemetery reading the stones. Paying respect for those who came before us. Those who died in service to our Country. Those to whom we owe a debt for our freedom that we can never repay.

Yes today was an unusual Memorial Day, but it was a day that left me truly humbled by the selflessness of so many. Men and women who are willing to help those in need and even pay the ultimate price for freedom. Matthew 22:37-40 says, “[37] Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. [38] This is the first and great commandment. [39] And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. [40] On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Today, I witnessed Gods commandment lived out and I am blessed.

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