Stan Smith has been a resident of Camp Florida for many years. Yesterday, June 5, was his 80th birthday. Jenny Luckenbill invited everyone to join in a golf cart parade in the afternoon to celebrate this momentous occasion! Many people showed up, hiding around the corner until it was time to ride! Sally Jenkins made a large card for everyone to sign. She then led the group in singing Happy Birthday to Stan, keeping time with a tambourine. You can see by Stan’s smile that he really enjoyed his birthday!
Taps Across America
Yesterday, Memorial Day, Rockie and Thom Kainz once again shared a beautiful remembrance of those who gave all in service to our wonderful country. The service was held at the Veterans Memorial Garden.
Rockie greeted those in attandance:
“Thank you for attending our Camp Florida service to participate in Taps Across America. There are thousands of gatherings just like this one taking place right now, all across our country. Think about that. Seldom do we all agree on anything, but at this moment, there are thousands of our fellow Americans who are taking just a few minutes to remember all those that gave their lives so we are free to celebrate this day! Our nation will remain the land of the free only as long as it is the home of the brave. We must honor those brave soldiers by living our lives in such a way that we are worthy of their sacrifice.
I now want to draw your attention to the US flag. Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.
I’ll end with a quote from Bob Dylan: ‘A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.'”
There was then silence until 3:00 when Taps was performed by Thom.
Photos and videos courtesy of Ellen Budish.
New Picnic Tables and a Burn Ban
The new picnic tables by the gazebo at the lake are grey in color, and the ones at Skinny Dipping Point are more of a brownish-tan. They look very nice. They are chained in place, but they can be swiveled around the chains to change their direction. You can click on the photos to see them full-size.
Speaking of Skinny Dipping Point, the maintenance crew is busy moving the wood away from the old tree stump back there to the new fire pit site. Everyone needs to be aware of the Burn Ban in Highlands County. So, even when the new fire pit is completed, burning will not be permitted until at least after July 3rd. You can click on this link if you’d like more information about this ban. There is also information available about wildfires state-wide at this link.