Bob Mitchell: Veterans Day observance on Sunday

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

What could be one of this nation’s most important recognition dates will be upon us on Sunday – Veterans Day 2018.

This is a day for recognizing both those who have made the supreme sacrifice in America’s wars and conflicts, plus those who have stepped-up and served in the Armed Forces of these United States and made this country what it is supposed to be today. While there are those who would like to change things to other modes than American youths have left their homes, gone to foreign lands and frequently received wounds that will leave them without a full life for the remainder of their lives, safeguards in our government have survived past tests and will again.

This Sunday is an appropriate time for this year’s observance of Veterans Day, as it is assumed churches throughout the nation will hold an observance and recognize the importance of those who gave of years out of their lives or the greater contribution to the country’s existence. Even today, there are those in government who once commanded units of the Armed Forces who have taken a turn away from what they should acknowledge and believe. Then again, there must be those in existence who would toe-the-line for the U.S. Constitution and the intended way of laws and life that are outlined in the document.

Many who served their nation in WWII, which was the second one touted as the war to end all wars, are gone from us today. Subsequent times of conflict have taken their toll in American lives, and some still going have earned the distinction of being the longest lasting conflicts in the nation’s history. The latter is difficult to fathom for some of us.

Regardless of your feeling toward today’s situations, it’s the duty of each and every American to make a pause this Sunday and give thanks to God for the very existence of those classed as Veteran both in the past and those serving in the Armed Forces today. The latter happens to be those who continued to uphold the American way of life in this country.

School program

One way to make Veterans Day a memorable one is attending the Cassville High School program on Friday at 9 a.m. for a good dose of Americanism. The program is scheduled in the gymnasium of the senior high school.

Students who are involved in various phases of the program, with their obvious enthusiasm and attitudes, have always been appreciated by the Veterans in our community who attend.

Both the verbal and musical portions of the program are open to the public.

Bird brained?

There was a time when the term “Bird Brain” was not necessarily a complimentary statement. The term would be used for those who might have forgotten an important issue, or didn’t really grasp the meaning of a subject, and there were many other applications. Many uses of the term have been around for years.

I recently returned from a bird-hunting trip to the north country of South Dakota, where it was a consensus of a particular group that the Bird Brain title might not carry the same implications today as it once did.

Pheasant hunting in our particular area was the most difficult in my 30-year experience. Water was everywhere in our particular part of the state, not far from Fort Randall dam on the Missouri River. In fact, there was a flash flood watch on adjoining areas of the river one day we were in the area.

This time, rain had been so frequent that the crew farming the place had not been successful in getting to the corn to spray, consequently, Fire Weed and other heavy growth was in the crop. The ground was soaked to the point that ankle deep mud was also in the fields.

As a matter of fact, the first trip to view the farm in a large RV resulted in a stuck vehicle right on top of the ground. The overseer’s arrival on a tractor to gather two large bales of Alfalfa saved the day.

Our trips through ideal-looking cover adjacent to the corn were not very successful, because the pheasants, “bird brain” and all, knew the heavier cover was their saving grace, and they used the conditions very wisely.

That’s when there were discussions about the situation turned to the bird being much more intelligent than they probably were given credit for, thus the conclusion, “Bird Brain” could well be termed a compliment under certain conditions.

Since the overseer of the farm in South Dakota was certain the bird numbers were up considerably, they were successful in avoiding this hunting group. And, the mud and water on the land made it virtually impossible to make it into some of the most productive areas of previous hunts.

Bob Mitchell is the former editor and publisher of the Cassville Democrat. He is a 2017 inductee to both the Missouri Press Association Hall of Fame and Missouri Southern State University’s Regional Media Hall of Fame.