Already looking forward to homecoming weekend in Rutledge

Published 10:29 am Friday, January 15, 2010

Homecoming Weekend will be here before you know it!

Make plans now to attend on April 24 and 25. We’re looking for local musicians who would like to share their talents during the day on Saturday; our arts and crafts fair will be bigger and better this year and we also need local artisans to bring their handiwork.

Booth space will be available at no charge, just as last year, but we do need to know the number of folks participating.

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I know we’ve got lots of talented people in Crenshaw County, but many of them are too shy or modest to put themselves forward, so it’s up to you to encourage them to participate. Or you can call me with the information and I’ll get in touch with them.

The highlight of the weekend will be the presentation of the historical marker at the Primitive Baptist Church that weekend.

We’re also planning a car/truck/bike show for Saturday – we’re looking for lots of entries and we’ll need judges for each event.

If you’re knowledgeable about cars, trucks or motorcycles, we need you to help. If you’d like to sponsor one of the categories and it’s trophy, please contact me for more information.

Keep watching this column for updates on the plans for the weekend.

Biker News

Randy and I were honored to be a part of the funeral escort for PFC Steven Dorough of Marbury weekend before last.

The Patriot Guard escorted the funeral procession to the church, and stood a flag line for him before the services and during the graveside services.

Most of the day, the temperature stayed around freezing, but there were almost 70 PGR members who came to show their respects.

I don’t know how to explain what it feels like to stand in a flag line to honor someone; I don’t feel it’s a duty, but it’s something I’m always glad to do.

It’s an honor to be able to show respect to someone who has given such a huge sacrifice for others, but it’s not only that either.

I’ve never known the person we’re there to honor, but I always feel as if I know them during that time.

The best way I can explain it, is it’s a very small way of saying ‘thank you’ to a family who has given so much.

I don’t want anyone to feel I’m using this as a way to pat myself on the back, because nothing could be further from the truth – that’s not what the PGR is about; as we say, it’s not about us, it’s all about them (our heroes).

I’d encourage anyone to join – you don’t have to ride a motorcycle, because we always need vehicles to help with the escort.

You certainly don’t have to be military, or Randy and I couldn’t be members.

All you have to do is want to show honor and respect to our country’s heroes.