Veterans were, and still are, there for us

This Veteran's Day week should remind us all of the sacrifices that our veterans have made to keep us free. My father was in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict.

Last week, dad was at the VA Hospital in Temple and there was a young soldier there. Dad went to the soldier, shook his hand and told him thank you for serving. The soldier put out his hand and said, "Yes, but you were there before me." Very touching and reminiscent of how we should view our soldiers. They were there for us and did a great service for this great country and they continue to be there for us.

So thank a veteran not only this week, but whenever you come into contact with one. God bless America.

Depot award

Big congratulations to the Rockdale Historical Society members for their hard work on the Depot, resulting in winning the Best Restoration Project in Texas at the Texas Downtown Association meeting last week. The Depot has been a labor of love for years and it is quite an asset to Rockdale. So thank you to all who work so hard and continue to do so through exhibits and new displays.

And don't forget the Chili Meal benefitting the Depot Museum from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 at the New Salem Clubhouse. Tickets are $8.

Ribbon cutting

At 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, we will have a ribbon cutting for Elaine's Emporium at 614 Ackerman. Welcome Elaine Van Horn's business to Rockdale and go by and see her great selection of antiques jewelry and collectibles. Come and discover a new shop, a new idea, and a new way of doing something. "Great Gifts & Gobs of Glitter."

Silver bells

Matinee Music Club of Rockdale will sponsor the East Texas Handbell Ensemble in concert at 4 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Junior High Commons. Tickets— which can be obtained from a Matinee Music Club member, at the Chamber or at the door—are $7 and will include refreshments during intermission. The ensemble is a group of 15 members from the Tyler area that plays 5 1 .2- plus octaves of choirchimes or handbells. Director is Arnold Sherman, whose name may be familiar to some as he was the director of the Regeneration Singers and the Adult Community choir back in the 1970s.

Until next time I leave you with this: If you wait for the perfect moment when all is safe and assured it may never arrive. Mountains will not be climbed, races won or lasting happiness achieved.

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