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We will remember!

I attended a memorial service for 9-11-01 at Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center last Friday. Many of the students were in second grade in 2001. Their memories of the occasion were varied. They remembered how startled the adults in their families felt about an attack taking place on American soil. It was something that was never expected.

At first, there were feelings of fear. Parents took their students out of school. Some feared it was the end of the world. The teachers were instructed to let the parents inform the children in their appropriate way.

Fear was followed by anger. How could this happen? The nation was so angry and full of hatred, but then America bonded together in a supportive way. Memories were shared of people gathering together in churches, public buildings, and even the open field at the Hamilton property on High Street. Flags were everywhere. People were wearing red, white and blue, and small replica pins were passed out to the assembled citizens.

Firemen and policemen were heroes. People at home watched the disaster on television.

When news came of children being orphaned by the plane crash in Pennsylvania and the attack on the Pentagon, our hearts went out to them and collections started to help out.

Students and faculty made donations to the Calhoun and Gilmer fire departments. The goal was to collect 10 cents for each person that was killed that day. Last Friday, the fire departments explained some of their specialized equipment to the students and answered their questions. Volunteer community service was empathized as a way for all ages to help preserve our way of life.

We may be discouraged at times, but current students will remember the stories that are told and will work for the future of our nation.

America will not forget.

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Calhoun Days was a fitting celebration for our way of life. Many people said that it was such a relaxing day, with lots of visiting and low key entertainment.

We commend the committee and volunteer workers who decided to continue the event, even though they had to work through the handicap of low funds and resignation of key leaders.

Children were exposed to old fashioned fun, like fishing, corn hole competition, hay rides and tours of Heritage Village. Adults liked the flea market and food, and enjoyed the beautiful park.

The Calhoun County Park committee has several openings for board members. This could be your volunteer service for our county.

Think about what you can do. Volunteer!

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