Charles loves and appreciates history. And he grew up in a time when the draft was in effect and several of his friends were called and served during the Vietnam conflict. He had shared with me the details of a funeral of one of his friends who went and gave his all in 1969. When Charles learned the memorial was coming to Cookeville, he made it a priority to go.
The display is setup very nice. There is no cost for admission, but there is a donation box if you would like to help support the program.
If you are looking for a specific name, there are volunteers there to lookup the name for you and the section the name is located. They will provide you with the section number and row of the name of the veteran you have come to view. They also will provide you with a paper and pencil to make a tracing to carry home.
In the photo to the left, Charles has found a volunteer to help him locate the specific section given to him on the way in. Also in the photo, just to the left side, you see a volunteer and some others kneeling by the wall. It was humbling to hear a woman expressing her grief over the loss of a loved one. It has been many years, but her loss remains and was heart-wrenching to witness.
There is also an area with displays and momentos left at the wall, along with a very informative video on the beginning of the project and a letter written to "the young men" by President Ronald Reagan.
If you get a chance to visit, please do! Whether you have a personal connection to the conflict, or not. It's a good reminder for us all of the sacrifices so many have made for our country.
If Cookeville is too far to attend, I would suggest going to the website to find the tour locations this year.
Every so often, we take some time away from the farm and just enjoy each other's company. Today we went towards Cookeville. This week, "The Wall that Heals" is set up beside of Cookeville High School. It is a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC. The announcement came back in November that Cookeville would be on the list of stops this year. To find out details of the visit to Cookeville - http://spartalive.com/the-wall-that-heals-in-cookeville/
We are looking forward to the trip to Mississippi to see old friends and make new friends too! I am "makin' a list, checkin' it twice....", and hoping to get to Batesville with everything I need and most of what I hope to have with me.
Paperwork? In progress
Pen signs? En route
Giveaway gift basket? ? ? ? I have a list!!!
Luggage packed? HA
Truck serviced? Not yet
Farm sitter scheduled? YES!!
Speaking of "over 40 years", last week I got to celebrate the big "5-0" with family. Its always a good time getting together with this bunch. The game was Headbanz.
And I am terrible at it! But just to show I am a good sport....... here I am with BEER on my forehead. We all had a good time, laughed a lot and are thankful to spend time together. My sister-in-law was nice and made me a birthday cake! Good times.
We also got to watch the episode of FarmHer that was filmed here on the farm. We are really thankful to be a small part of Marji's vision - to increase awareness of the roles women play in agriculture. They did a wonderful job of depicting life here on Dean Hill.
Here is hoping to catch up with you in Batesville, whether for the first time or the 100th!!
We always try to give people as much information as we can about goats that may be of interest. Photos are generally appreciated. Being a farmer and not a photographer, this can be a challenge!!
Some of my personal favorites are the bucklings who, for whatever reason, can't wait to run at the mere sight of my camera!
I completely understand the phrase "she's as afraid of ______ as a goat is a butcher knife." I think I am going to change that saying - as a goat is a camera!
Bear with me, they aren't making this easy.
Looking forward to many more days like today. Short sleeves weather. Sun is shining and the fields are beginning to turn green again! The Hyacinth and Daffodils, planted years ago by my mother-in-law, are blooming and are a welcome sign that the days are getting longer and warmer weather is ahead. Another good sign is there are still a few bales of hay in the shed, just in case Old Man Winter isn't finished with us yet.
Moving stock from one pasture to another is never a problem with Jake and Maggie! They are always excited to work and we are sure happy to let them!
FarmHer was started to bring awareness to females in agriculture. On a recent trip to Tennessee, the crew of FarmHer came to Dean Hill to do a story about the Reece family and the three generations of women who have raised goats here on the farm.
Not only do we love what we do, but we really enjoy helping others begin or expand their journey in agriculture too. We hope that you can take a few moments on March 30th at 8:30 central time to tune in to RFD-TV and learn more about our journey and the three generations of female farmers in our family!