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Our Constitution remains one of the most succinct documents of its type and despite being written centuries ago, it continues to hold the guiding principles that have made the United States great. That’s why it is disheartening when our leaders, those sworn to uphold it, disparage it. The most notable case of this that jumps to mind is Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg‘s comment during the reorganization of Egypt that, “I would not look to the US constitution, if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012.”
Take a moment today to remember the 39 brave men who signed that document in 1787. Their courage and commitment should be celebrated.
If you are interested in additional links and comments I’ve made on Constitution Day, use the search bar to the right.
I’ve spoken about my grandfather, Bill Murphy, here before. Yesterday some students from Plymouth interviewed him as part of a project to record the memories of World War II veterans for the Marshall County Museum Historic Crossroads Center. Considering that my grandfather turned 100 years old this year, the pool of survivors has to be getting shallow.
ABC 57 picked up the interview and had a short clip on the news last night. You can see it here if you’re interested. In the quote on the website he says that he was drafted, but actually Grandpa worked at Kingsbury Ordinance Plant and since that was a necessary service, he was not eligible for the draft. He quit that job and volunteered for the service, turning down the waiver.
Picture Source: Kelsey Flynn
Becky and I attended the Memorial Day service at the Fletcher Cemetery just outside Hamlet yesterday. It was a very respectful service and I was pleased that they had a reasonably good turnout with a spread of ages. Thank you to the veterans there and across the nation for their service. I spoke to one of the veterans that said he had war veteran family members in that cemetery dating back the the Civil War and the Spanish American War. That is a lot of history for a small cemetery in rural Indiana.
The service included reading a well written letter from Indiana State Senator Arnold, a traditional 21 gun salute and the playing of taps. It was all well done and we were glad we went.
I had the good fortune to meet Linda Yoder through mutual friends a few years ago. It’s always fun to meet a new dynamic friend, but keeping up with her can make me tired!
I’ve only known Linda since she relocated to Marshall County from Nappanee, initially coming here as part of a green energy, electric vehicle start up. From there she took over the Executive Director positions for the Marshall County Community Foundation and the Marshall County United Way. On Friday, April 25th, I got the opportunity to learn a little about her life in Nappanee.
My grandfather, William K. Murphy (Bill), is turning 100 on May 6th. While it’s becoming more common, it is still quite the accomplishment. If you’re around Culver on Sunday, we’ll be having a Open House/Party for him at the VFW from 2:00 to 4:00. My Grandma Murphy hit this milestone before passing a little over a year ago. I think this would have been their 79th anniversary too since they were married on Grandpa’s birthday. Grandpa jokes that was so he would never forget the date!
Grandpa is a World War II veteran, having served in the Navy servicing ships in Puerto Rico. He taught school for several years, owned and operated a Shell Service Station and was an accountant with the Indiana State Board of Accounts, which is where he was when he retired. He and grandma had a good life spending their summers in Culver and their winters in Lakeland, Florida until grandma turned 95 and began having health problems.
You don’t meet a lot of centenarians, so if you want to come out and wish MY centenarian a happy birthday, please do. I”m pretty proud of my grandfather and I’m happy to share him with you.