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.