With a rainy forecast behind us and before us, Rector was glad to wake up Saturday morning to some sunshine and a promise of at least most of the day to remain rain free. It mattered because we were celebrating. Easter weekend is always busy as Easter egg hunts pop up everywhere and Saturday is the day for children’s activities while they learn the meaning of Grace and Sacrifice. I am sure there has never been an unsuccessful Easter egg hunt and Saturday’s hunt seemed do just fine even in the wind.
In response to the National Vietnam War Veterans Memorial Day, Rector was also honoring the Vietnam era Veterans on Saturday. As a strong wind lifted the flags at the Veterans Memorial the Vietnam era Veterans Welcome Home Celebration began. People lined Main Street to clap and wave as the veterans of that war, so long without the acknowledgement they deserved, walked or rode the float provided by Glen Sain GMC. Wind blew hard against the signs of “Welcome Home,” and “Thank You” held by parade goers up and down the parade route. The Rector Cougar marching band and the Piggott Drum Team added punch to the marchers. Veterans of all wars were included in the parade and their sacrifices were recognized. Tears were part of the emotional wave that traversed the route from 3rd Street to the Veterans Memorial.
The parade was followed by a moving ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Park where the feelings of gratitude were flowing both ways as we met, acknowledged and thanked each-and-every Vietnam era veteran who was there. These warriors, not very comfortable talking about themselves and their service were asked to say a few words about their lives and each of them stepped up. Of course.
The First United Methodist Church provided us with a free fried fish dinner for hundreds of people after the ceremony. This was made possible by donations. Later that evening Jimmy Fortune and his band donated their time on this Easter Eve to help us celebrate as well. In addition to entertaining us with a variety of songs he took several opportunities to honor our vets. It was wonderful day, positive and welcoming and filled with gratitude. It took an army of volunteers to make this day possible. That’s the Rector way. Good job everyone. The feedback has been positive so who knows, we may do it again next year. Shortly after the ceremony, the wind stilled and I couldn’t help wonder if we hadn’t been visited by the last breaths of all those 58,044 soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in that war and now they felt a more peaceful rest. God bless us all
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