2010.06.03 Jim Topps: Memorial Day

Written by David Green.

Wow! When my wife, Debbie, and I drove into Morenci on Memorial Day we were surprised with the wonderful flag display on West Main Street. We had been reading in the State Line Observer about the Kiwanis Flag program.  As we continued our small tour of the city we saw flags all over town! What a great idea. It looked so nice to see so many flying Old Glory! 

It was an honor for me to be the guest speaker at the Morenci Memorial Day ceremonies for 2010. I have never felt prouder to ride down Main Street with some of Morenci war heroes to honor our fallen heroes. To see the crowd of adults and children out on Main Street was so nice, as was the Morenci Fire Department members and trucks lined up to honor our fallen heroes, the parade set up by my Legion mentor Jack Sampson and the members of my Morenci American Legion Post, the Color Guard with our own Navy Master Chief Steve as our Officer of The Day.

When we turned onto North Street there were more citizens out watching the parade go by! As I looked through the crowd I saw many of the young folks that I watched grow up here in Morenci that now have their own grandchildren with them watching everyone go by. It was a great feeling to be a part of the parade.

When I was introduced today I felt very proud to have been able to raise my family and live in Morenci for 34 years. Now I see the many changes that have came to the community and see the young people graduate and move onto their own lives.

Thank you, Morenci, for giving me the opportunity to be a small part of your Memorial Day 2010.

– James C. Topps, Director

American Legion Department of Michigan, VA&R Division

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