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Holabird Advocate

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Saturday, July 05, 2003
VOL. II Issue 7C
Holabird Advocate Publisher, Jerry Hinkle was fortunate to be invited to the Ed and Barbara Nemec home for what was a memorable evening a slight rainstorm did not put a damper on the festivities. There was not a terribly large crowd, but what it lacked in quantity was more than made up for in quality. Among those who attended were The families of both of the elder Nemec sons, Nick, and Victor. Ardis Aasby, Shirley Garrigan, and Alice LaFurge joined Jerry as those who were not Nemecs.
Lively discussion topics as E.E. Hinkle's health, recent Century Club induction, and upcoming birthday,the recent Kevin Woster article, South Ameican roads, airplane safety, and Cody Zilverbergs plans to backpack through Mexico.
Barbara Nemec instigated a patriotic sing along. Among the selections were "America the Beautiful", "My Country 'Tis of Thee", and the Star Spangled Banner". All were done without music, acapolco-acapella, something like that.
What surprised Jerry was that the food that was served was not the usual fancy ham and baked potatoe that we in Holabird are used to, but grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, making Ed and Barbara PITA members in good standing. Of course it wouldn't be a Barbara Nemec party without punch. The elegant puchbowl was placed were it could be readily accessable to the thristy guests.
And what says American Independence more than Chinese fireworks. The explosives had names such as "Purple Mountain Majesty", "Amber Waves of Grain", but curiously enough, no "Alabaster City" . Family friend, Max Wortman, got there in time for the fireworks display,which was supervised by Victor Nemec.
After the display, the crowd thinned out and goodbyes were exchanged with the hosts and the guests. This get together has been an anual event. There have been a Parades as well, but not this year. A photo of a previous parade in 1968 was displayed promiently. Only in America, and in Holabird can a anyone be allowed to have that much fun legally.
by Jerry Hinkle Special to the Holabird Advocate
We Americans are realy something you know. We celebrate our independance from Brittian by watching Japanese men eat hot dogs, we shoot fireworks made in China into the air like Iraq shot anti aircraft missles over Baghdad, and we grudgingly sing the old patriotic songs just because we're told to.
I'm not saying it's good or bad, just the way things are in this country. If we read the words of those songs and believe them in our heart, I'd say we really have something there. How many of us have even tried to read the "Declaration of Independence" past the preamble? How about the "U.S. Constitution"? Have we started living in an America where nobody but the Supreme Court know or even care about those two documents. I hope not. What we believe is important. Americans have fought and some of those died for a country that may not know what it stands for. I'm not telling you to do it, but please do think about it. After all, it is your country too. Isn't it?

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