Thumbs up to everyone who helped, participated in or showed up for Memorial Day observances in Estherville. There are a lot of thanks to go around, but just a few folks deserving praise include V.F.W. Post 3388 and American Legion Post 91, Iowa National Guard, Boy Scout Troop 31, area clergy, buglers from Estherville Lincoln Central High School, the Methodist Praise Team and Jim Butler who narrated their performance, Craig Christensen of Henry-Olson Funeral Home, Steve Bradburn, Randy Yackle and the ELC High School band. Thanks must also go to those who helped put up and take down flags. Thanks also have to go to those who came to show they cared for our fallen and departed soldiers.
Nothing heals the tears of pain and grief of loss of a loved one more than the tears of pride that come with knowing the departed one made a difference and helped ensure our freedom. The more we can turn those tears of grief into tears of pride, the faster we will all heal as a nation.
Thumbs up to Emmet County Historical Society Museum board members who are planning for the museum's 50th anniversary Saturday, June 14 on the museum grounds on South 18th Street across the street from Iowa Lakes Community College. Events get underway with a meal from noon to 1:30, music from 2-5 and exhibit tours through the afternoon. Emmet County has a wonderful museum and you really owe it to yourself and your family to pay a visit.
The museum is also open June through August.
Thumbs up to Ben Haigh who celebrated his 91st birthday Wednesday at the Estherville Good Samaritan Society. Ben was instrumental (pardon the pun) in developing Estherville High School's band program. He is known as a legend by many.
And the legend continues.
Thumbs up to Christian Motorcyclists Association members who will visit Estherville Good Samaritan Society residents 1:45 p.m. Saturday. This is the type of event CMA members are known for - warming the hearts and lives of some of our dearest citizens.
Thumbs up to the 2014 Emmet County Relay for Life Honorary Cancer Survivors Brent Hopp and Shari Bisgaard for sharing their stories of survival and inspiration. If you can, please take part in the June 7 fundraiser in continuing the battle against cancer. The annual event is held in downtown Estherville.