Fern Ridge Review
Sweet Lorane Community News
September 13, 2018
By Pat Edwards
September is always a really busy time for our family… not only back-to-school for our teacher/family members and the younger generations, as well as the beginning of volleyball and cross-country seasons, not to mention football season, but it’s also filled with birthdays, birthdays and birthdays. It seems as though we have been celebrating non-stop the past two weeks.
My birthday falls on the 11th day of September and up until 2001, I enjoyed the spotlight… somewhat. But suddenly that day has held much more meaning to me than ever before. “My day” is one that is observed around the world and it gives me the opportunity to turn my thoughts away from myself and onto those of us whose hearts broke that day.
I believe that we all need to be reminded of how we felt… the unbelievable terror, pain and anger… and how we reached out to one another in order to get through it. That day was my 59th birthday and for each year that I’m allowed to live, I will remember and grieve for not only those who lost their lives, but for us as a nation.
I strongly believe that we need to get back to that mind-set of joining together instead of thinking only of ourselves and our differences with others. We need to stop taking offense at those differences and embrace them as the means for each of us to work together towards a common goal. We seem to have forgotten what it is like to “agree to disagree” and move towards one another, finding and building on those things we share, instead of distancing ourselves.
Impossible? Probably close to it, but each grain of sand in the form of respect we show to others, can build, accomplishing much more than drawing lines and pointing fingers.
Always remember September 11, 2001 and the impact it had on all of us that day. We can honor those who died that day by vowing to make something positive grow from the heartbreak.
Someone posted a thank you on the Lorane Facebook page on “9-11.” She said, “I would like to commend the person who played “Taps” this evening at 8:00 p.m. It was a very special tribute to those who died on September 11, 2001. Thank you and God Bless!!!”
Now, that is something I would have loved to hear. Whoever the person was added his/her grain of sand to our shore. Thank you.
I apologize for turning my column into an essay. I didn’t know what I was going to write about when I sat down at my computer this morning. Sometimes, I just need to let it flow and this is what came forth.
In a related matter, a group called “The Stand Down for Veterans,” led in the Lorane area by Mike and Joanne Cantrell, is collecting warm coats, jackets and sweater for both men and women veterans. There are collection bins at the Lorane Family Store and at the Grange where residents can leave warm garments to be taken to the Fairgrounds for distribution on October 5. Please drop your donations off soon.
Also, September 21st is the date for the National POW-MIA Day. There will be a table set up at Bi-Mart in Creswell and at the VA Center in Eugene. Its purpose is to bring awareness of the Missing-in-Action veterans that have not come home yet. Try to stop by these locations to support this cause.
Lorane’s own Lil Thompson has a brother, SSgt. William W.W. Stubbs, who has been MIA in Vietnam for many years now. He was a Green Beret. Let’s not forget.