Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Hometown Hero

This past weekend everyone near and far converged upon Smalltownland to celebrate our annual festival known as Cow Days

Booths were set up around the historic town square, there was food to be had, and people were able to enjoy this small town event.  I could go on and on about the activities, but a more profound thing happened this year. 

Dakota Meyer, recent recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, was Grand Marshal of our parade.  He is actually a native of  Smalltownland.  He went to school here and played football for our local high school team.  And, until recently, was known as another fine person from a small town. 

His presence gave an entirely different meaning to our festivities this year. 

A time of reflection on what it means to sacrifice yourself to help others in need. 

32 comments:

  1. Looks like a great celebration and honor.

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  2. What a wonderful celebration to have Dakota there. What a wonderful legacy to have such a hero in your midst. I love small town festivals...so much fun.

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  3. This is what makes small towns special.

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  4. What a wonderful Grand Marshal you had.

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  5. I love this! I'm from a small town, too, and our parades and festivities I really enjoyed - especially when my kids were involved...

    Yours certainly was a grand affair with a very special Grand Marshall. That must have been so exciting! A brave and honorable man to be sure!

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  6. What a great moment for your small town. I've just gotta tell ya, the next town over celebrates Black and White days--named after the Holstein.

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  7. Your town has all the fun! Mine seems a bit quiet after I see all your celebrations:)
    Wonderful town feeling.

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  8. Dakota is really inspirational, a real American hero.

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  9. What a privilege to have this hero at your event and to be able to say he came from your town. I went and looked up his biography, so very impressive. Thank you for sharing this special time with us, it gave me a lump in my throat. xo

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  10. I read about him on the papers, he is a brave young man and really deserves all the honors...

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  11. A special day (Cow Days) for your community to celebrate its historical past and ties to its agricultural roots and related commerce.

    As you pointed out, this year's festivities recognized the contributions and sacrifices of one particular young man.

    In the U.S you celebrate Veterans Day and Memorial Day and we in Canada have what we refer to as Remembrance Day. It is my hope that our men and women who serve are honoured not just one day a year, but every day.

    God Bless!

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  12. I love festivals....esp. small town ones....the best!

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  13. I read about him and was blown away by his courage. You and his fellow townspeople now bask in his reflected glory.

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  14. Awesome to see a real hero honored.

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  15. I saw the story of Dakota Meyer's bravery on the news, and the sorrow he had that he saved so many of his fellow Marines but for a few. It is wonderful that he won the Congressional Medal of Honor!

    He was honored by the NY Yankee baseball team tonight and threw out the first ball!

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  16. Wonderful story. I'm passing the Wiki link on to some friends. Small town festivals are the best...

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  17. Good for the town for recognizing your Medal of Honor recipient like that. I think that is wonderful.

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  18. Oh the pleasure of being able to visit when my internet connection is working (well, better than usual) - "you don't know what you've got till it's gone".

    Small town festivities are just so different from big city productions - they just seem so much more friendly and less 'polished'. Great to see that smalltown heroes still exist - they type of role models our children need.

    Enjoyed catching up on your recent posts - especially Perryville.

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  19. Cow Days....how interesting..
    What a great Honor for this gentleman...so glad your town recognized him in this way..
    Blessings
    shug

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  20. I'm thinking Dakota got more of a thrill from being the grand marshall than receiving the medal..he seems like a small town boy ..I should say man..or maybe hero..

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  21. this is what i love about small towns...

    happy to stop by today

    kary and teddy
    xx

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  22. How proud you all must be to know him! i saw everything about him on the news and he sounds like a wonderful person! A perfect choice for the Grand Marshall!!

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  23. My gratitude and hats off to that fine young man...

    Dann in Ohio

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  24. What a tremendous addition to your town's celebrations. We have heard of Dakota Meyer even over here in Scotland.

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  25. A celebration made even more special! Wonderful it must have been to be there in person.

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  26. What a great honor for this fine young man and his hometown! Looks like you had a beautiful day to celebrate it all!

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  27. Beverly @ My Sew Sweet StudioSeptember 22, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    What a privilege for your small town celebration. Looks like fun.

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  28. Cow Days. That screams small town life. I love 'em.

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