The weather on Memorial Day weekend was perfect for all outdoor activities. The temperature during the day ranged from 60 to 76 degrees here in the Fraser Community. We did have three hot days last week. The temperature climbed to 87 on Tuesday, 93 on Wednesday and 87 on Thursday and then it cooled off. On Monday, June 7, we woke up to 39 degrees and decided to have breakfast in the dining room instead of the back porch. I checked the plants in the garden. They seemed to have survived, so we hope the night time temperatures don’t get any colder.
My niece, Sara Giese, and her daughters Marissa and Kyra and my sister, Delores Franck, arrived from Bozeman, Montana on Friday afternoon. Hannah Giese had other plans this year. She signed up to be the manager of her cross-country team and accompanied them to Missoula for a competition. The family decided to make reservations at the White Pine Hotel for their three day visit instead of bunking at our house.
On Saturday morning we met them at the Ponderosa Restaurant for breakfast then drove to Weippe to attend the bake sale and look over the exhibits.
Bonnie Hutchins is back from her stay in Tennessee and was on hand to help Sally and the staff. It was good to visit with her. She is living in Lewiston and plans to help out at the museum.
We spent the rest of the day at the farm and on Sunday afternoon we drove down to the Midnight Sun Welsh Pony Farm. The three newest members of the pony herd were out in the pasture with their mothers, so Sharon gave us a tour and we enjoyed watching the ponies interact with each other and with the dog, Lucy.
Debbie Greggs and her family were also at the farm. Debby had purchased a pony named Midnight Best Kept Secret several years ago and is training her to jump. She brought her granddaughter Kaidon along, who is training to enter the Kentucky Pony Jumping Finals in 2023.
Debby’s sister, DeDe Greggs and her daughter, Grace, joined them on this trip.
After getting acquainted with the two new colts that Debby had purchased, they spent the afternoon demonstrating the jumping abilities of Secret, and introduced the McHones granddaughter Jayce, and her pony named Penny, to the first steps on how to jump.
We enjoyed the Greggs, and after visiting with Sharon over a glass of lemonade, we returned home and continued our visit. The family returned to their homes in Montana on Monday morning.
Jean Bennett reported that her sister, Mona Wolfe, and husband Allen, spent the Memorial Day weekend at the Watts RV Park in Weippe. On Saturday, at 1 p.m., they held a potluck lunch and enjoyed visiting with family members and friends. Jean figured there were between 15 and 29 people this year.
The Fraser Get Together Club will hold their regular monthly meeting on June 9, at 12 o’clock.
There will be a celebration of life/potluck dinner honoring Fred and his brother Larry (Boze) Borders at 1 p.m. on June 26, at Fraser Park.
The Editorial Board of the Epoch Times article entitled, “This Memorial Day, A New Birth of Freedom”, appeared in the June 2-8, 2021 issue. Here are several highlights from the article.
On Memorial Day we honor those soldiers who gave their lives for our country.
In Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, he refers to the fallen soldiers as having given “the last full measure of devotion”.
This Memorial Day we are, thankfully, not fighting a civil war, but we are nonetheless engaged in a struggle for the soul of our nation. Dangerous new ideas are challenging whether we can remain a nation “conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
Of course, the very meaning of equality is contested these days. Some seek to turn society in the direction of socialism in order to ensure we all have the exact same conditions of life.
The Declaration of Independence, which Lincoln highly admired, says we’re “created equal.” We are equal in that all possess God-given rights. These confer on us the right to pursue happiness, but they don’t guarantee anyone a particular outcome.
This Memorial, we need to reflect deeply on the sacrifices of those we honor. They died in devotion to the idea of American, of a free country dedicated to the proposition of equality.
So let us now dedicate ourselves to a “new birth of freedom”. In doing so, we will, with our acts, honor our fallen heroes in the most fitting manner and safeguard the meaning of their sacrifice.
It goes without saying that as we work to revive the principles of equality and freedom, we do so steadfastly but without seeking to make enemies of those whose positions we oppose. There are those – revolutionaries who seek to use our freedom to destroy that freedom – who wish the United States ill. These we oppose with all our might.
Thank you top the Editorial Board of Epoch Times for sharing their view of the meaning of Memorial Day. It is a special time to honor those who have given their lives so we can be free.
Happy Anniversary Greetings go out to Mike and Katie and to Ward and Christi Cochrell on June 17.
Jean Bennett and Donna Brown send Happy Anniversary Greetings to their sister Mona Wolfe and her husband, Allen, on June 22.
Guy and Cathy Walker send Happy Birthday Greetings to their grandson, Gustov Wayne Walker on June 20. Gus will be four years old.
Lanis and Rosena Aultz send Happy Birthday Greetings to their grandson, Joseph Lanis Conder, on June 20.