Stay safe and be thankful this weekend

Published 9:06am Monday, May 26, 2014

I encourage everyone to remember that Memorial Day, and the three-day holiday it provides, is not simply an extra day off from work and the unofficial start of summer vacation time. Monday is a day intended to honor those who gave their lives in the cause of freedom.

The lives of all of us would be much different if those brave men and women had not made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country and all it has traditionally represented.

While there is dissatisfaction in some quarters with certain things that have happened in the U.S. in the past decade or so, what we have in our nation is still better than anything else that’s out there. So, for a few days at least let’s be appreciative of our blessings and those who secured the opportunity for us to pursue our dreams.

Observances are planned Monday in Wetumpka, Eclectic and Tallassee (details are included in today’s “Area Calendar”). Take the time to go to one of those services and spend a few minutes honoring our country’s heroes.

Our local patriotic activities are always nice and offer a time for reflection. If you don’t make it to one of these events, please take a few minutes during the day to think about the reason for the holiday.


Like every extended holiday, I remind you to be careful out there, especially on our roads and waterways. Three-day weekends too often result in greater numbers of traffic and boating fatalities. Enjoy yourselves, but stay safe.

State Troopers and other law enforcement agencies have added extra patrols to help reduce the number of accidents. That effort, combined with the people who may be forced to stay closer to home because of high gas prices, may result in a drop in fatal incidents. If so, that could be at least one positive to result from the pain at the pump.

Until next week … and bless your hearts.


Peggy Blackburn is managing editor of The Wetumpka Her­ald and Elmore County Weekend. She can be reached at 334-567-7811. Her email address is

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