Courage is often talked about, but seldom witnessed. The
courage of our brave soldiers inspires all of us. May is National
Military Appreciation Month, a month set aside by Congress in 1999 to
re-energize patriotism in America, and recognize the men and women of
our armed services for their courage on and off the battlefield. It is a
time for each generation to reflect on the sacrifices of their
Many of the men and women serving in our armed forces
come from first and second generation American families, creating a
diverse fighting force that proves patriotism is not exclusive to a few
America has faced many fearful enemies, and will
undoubtedly face many more as we progress through history. Every
generation answers the call to duty. This has been evident throughout
the history of Calhoun County. The branches of the Armed Services
include Air Force, Army, Army Reserves, Coast Guard, Marines, National
Guard, Navy and Public Health Service.
Our history collections will show that the response has
always been overwhelming. The Chronicle series about Amie Sexton Silcott
and the letters of Michael Ayers give an understanding of the patriotism
shown during the Civil War, our first involvement as a state. The
histories of individuals need to be recorded from more recent wars to
inspire patriotism and honor those who defend our nation.
For Mother’s Day, “A Mother’s Words of Wisdom” from
“‘Don’t ever become so busy that you fail to realize how
very happy you are.’
“The statement meant much to me as I have raised our
family. Whenever I have felt overly busy to the point of neglecting the
little joys, the expressions of appreciation, the realization of how
happy we are--whenever play with the children seemed more of a duty than
a privilege, I have thought of Mother’s words. They have been a warning
beacon that has changed my attitude toward life and toward what is
National Day of Prayer will be celebrated at noon on
Thursday, May 7, in front of the courthouse. Take time to pray for our
service people, mothers and nation.
by Beth Moore, honorary chairman of
National Day of Prayer
Father in Heaven,
We lift our eyes toward Your Throne,
where You reign in righteousness
Your Word assures us that when Your
people cry out
in sincerity and humility, You will never turn a deaf ear to us.
We call upon You now, seeking Your
forgiveness and favor.
Look over this fevered landscape and
heal us, Lord.
Drop knees to the floor and raise eyes
to the sky,
for we know where our help comes from.
Unite these States again in devotion
to You, and blur every dividing line.
Do not give us over to our sins.
Give us, instead, over to passionate
prayer that moves Your heart.
“May Your unfailing love rest upon us,
O Lord, even as we put our hope in
In the name of our Lord and Savior,