Parade or no parade, our hometown heroes still vital

Today is a day of celebrating our nation’s birthday, complete with barbeques, picnics, parades, and the blowing off of fingers.

The latter occurs after a trip across state lines to Alabama and the behemoth toy stores filled with fireworks located conveniently just across the border. The only question true die-hards ask is, “What’s the biggest, loudest thing you got?” It is not until after said finger is blown off they realize some fireworks are, in reality, bazookas with cool colors. Please leave it to the professionals.

Today is, according to the calendar, July 4. A day we hopefully can forget who’s in the White House, the latest Supreme Court ruling, and what those elected officials up there in Washington are going to do to us next. A day we hopefully can forget the latest rantings from some celebrity and the latest non goings-on of some reality “star.”

Due to weather, the Newnan Rotary Club’s annual fireworks show at Drake Stadium has been postponed. The city of Newnan’s parade is canceled. We all enjoy a parade and will miss it, but today is still the Fourth of July, parade or no.

The parade theme was “Hometown Heroes,” one we should all be able to wrap our heads around. Teachers, police officers, sheriff’s deputies, firefighters, military personnel, EMTs, and the list goes on and on. They are the ones who serve. Many are in the category of those we hope to never see - officially - but when needed, they are there. They educate us, protect us, save our homes, pull us from car wrecks and keep us safe.

There are other hometown heroes as well. Those who work with the less fortunate - food pantries, after-school programs, building houses, soup kitchens and the like. They, too, although without a badge or uniform, are heroes as well.

Heroes are ordinary people doing extraordinary things. And yes, they are ordinary people doing ordinary things without recognition and when others don’t. 

To quote Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, president of Indonesia, “Heroes are selfless people who perform extraordinary acts. The mark of heroes is not necessarily the result of their action, but what they are willing to do for others and for their chosen cause. Even if they fail, their determination lives on for others to follow. The glory lies not in the achievement, but in the sacrifice.” 

To all our hometown heros - thank you. And God bless America on its birthday.




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