Memorial weekend

Thanks to our current soldiers (including Robert Willis) and our veterans (including LeRoy Willis), we have the freedom to live the lifestyle we have chosen. May we never, ever take them for granted!

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This picture is of the cemetery at the edge of Sedgwick, which is decorated each Memorial Day. The flags are labeled with the names of local men, veterans I think. Today LeRoy and I volunteered to help take down the flags, along with local Boy Scouts and other volunteers. The poles were taken down and flags were removed and taken into town to be properly folded and stored. Part of the time I was a “catcher”, gathering in the flag as the pole came down and other times, I just took flags from others and carried them to the waiting vehicles. One Boy Scout had given me several flags but the last one he was carrying very carefully and he told me “This one is my grandpa’s flag. I’m taking it personally!” Nice.

How to full time RVers take a vacation? This weekend we made a trip by car to Oklahoma and stayed in hotels! We usually see our 22-year-old granddaughter Katrina here in Sedgwick when we are here but this year she’s too busy with college and work, so we went to see her in the Tulsa area. We spent a few hours with her, mostly eating, I think. It’s so nice when your children and now our grandchildren have grown into adults we can enjoy visiting! We’re hoping to see her again before school starts in the fall.

As unlikely as it seems, LeRoy’s high school class celebrated 50 years since graduation this year and 15 of them congregated in Oklahoma City. There were 30 or so originally and 8 are deceased, so it was a very good representation. The Moore tornado was clear across the city from our hotel so we didn’t see any of that devastation but our hearts go out to those residents. One of the  1963 class members lives less than a mile from the tornado’s path but still has his home.

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Oklahoma City has done a terrific job with its downtown area and our group checked it out Saturday afternoon. We took a water taxi ride through the man-made canal and viewed Oklahoma history in the statues that will eventually be part of the largest congregate statuary display around.

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reunion 049The old elevator in the background is now called Rocktown and is used as a climbing facility, both inside and out. Not really to my taste but our son Robert would love it!

Our daughter Heidi, her husband Tim and their three youngest, Ben, Bailey and Jadelyn, will be here this evening for a cookout. It is very windy today but we have the advantage of being able to set up inside our building where we can see outside without chasing napkins!

Again, thanks to our veterans for serving and preserving our freedom! God bless America!

 

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