Today started with a thunderstorm which progressed to a gentle rain. That has now become a gloomy day with intermittent sunshine. I would really like to spend the day in bed with a good book, some herbal tea and Pecan Sandies, but I’m afraid that isn’t on the agenda. I have a bunch to do on the Vietnam Veterans Facebook page and the website as well as the Rectorarkansas website and I have to ready my house for visitors later this week. So, no rest for the Pluviophiles, at least not this one. That’s a word you can look up, if you aren’t familiar with it.
I was awed by the sheer number of people marching all over the world this weekend. The marches to protest deaths by gun violence, organized by the survivors of the Parkland School shooting, just kept growing and growing. These kids are the face of the future. They have looked death in the eye and have grown from it, expanded to include survivors of gun violence all across the country and around the world. It is time for change and these are the leaders that are going to take us through it. What a force they are.
All those people gathered in all those places and I didn’t hear of a single act of violence. Other causes showed up on placards, but there was no dissention. The nighttime marches were lit with candles, not torches. It was a great out-pouring of love and it was felt around the world. They are asking for change and they are demonstrating the essence of democracy. I applaud them. I am grateful for them.
This weekend is our Vietnam-Era Veterans Welcome Home Celebration. According to the weather forecast on my phone, Saturday is the only day without the possibility for rain. Please let it be so. We do have rain out plans for the program if it rain does steal our parade so make your plans and come on out. Remember that the crowd is just as important as the marchers in our parade. We want hundreds of people to welcome and celebrate these veterans. Make banners. Hold up signs. These men and women fought a very difficult war for you and me.
That’s Saturday March 31. The parade starts at 2:00. Participants should be in the parking lot of the First United Methodist Church at 1:30, corner of Main and 3rd St. Tell everyone you meet and invite friends from out of town. Help us spread the word. Remember all veterans are invited to the celebration. A short program will follow the parade at the Rector Veterans Memorial on Main Street.
We want to encourage you come to make banners that say “Welcome Home” or “Honor to Vietnam Vets” or something of the sort. Come up with your own slogan. These men and women fought hard and many lives were lost on the Vietnam Delta. Because of the war’s unpopularity (no fault of those sent to fight) they returned home to insults and jeers. We want to honor them, honor their service and give them the welcome home they missed so long ago. Banners, flags, cheers and lots of love.
We still have tickets for the Jimmy Fortune Concert, but the orders are coming in. We do have limited seating so be sure you don’t miss an opportunity to see this performance. Get your tickets now. You can order them on the Facebook Page. Just find the Shop Now Button right under the header and it will take you to PayPal, a secure site where you can enter your credit card information. There is also a button to purchase tickets on the web page which will take you to the PayPal payment page. Tickets are available at the Rector Water Department as well.
Also, if you have stories about the Vietnam War, please contact me. I would like to put some of those memories on the Facebook page and on the website: https://www.facebook.com/VietnamVeternansWelcomeHome/ https://christah8.wixsite.com/vietnamvetswelcome . You can also let us know if you want to honor a Vietnam Vet who has since passed. Keep checking on the Facebook page and follow it for more information as it is solidified.
The Rector First United Methodist Church will also be frying up some fish between the parade and the concert in case anyone is hungry and wants to visit a bit. $5.00 a plate for veterans and $10.00 for the rest of us.
Look for information on your favorite Vietnam-era Vet on the Facebook page and on the website. If you don’t see it, send it to me.
That’s all for today. Give me a call or send me an email if there is something you would like me to write about in the column. Visitors or trips you have taken are fun to share.
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Goodbye for now.