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The Midwest Cattleman · March 31, 2022 · P4
                                                                            worms, but they won’t show up  marker, I sure recommend it.
                                                                            again until the fall.             There’s nothing like it. Wheth-
                                         it's a neighbor doing some tar-      Heroes?  We still have those,  er the sun is shining, or rain
                                         get practice or giving a coyote    although we see fewer and  is pouring down, the sound of
                                         his morning wake-up call.          fewer of them all the time.  You  a name being declared, actu-
                                            We do see refugees coming       can tell them by the stripes or  ally proclaimed, in the quiet of
                                         through - we see some new ones     even  country  names  on  their  the  early  morning  stillness  is
                                         nearly every morning.  They’re     caps or jackets – names like  breath-taking.  There’s a brief
                                         from up north, but most of         Korea or Vietnam.  Occasion- pause after each one, a brief
                                         them will be flying back when      ally, we’ll still see a  ‘Purple  moment to consider a life, and
                                         it gets a little warmer.           Heart’ license plate although  then another name is called
                                            The only smoke we see on        those are getting pretty scarce.   out.  It may take all morning.
                                         the horizon from time to time is   I find it hard to drive by any  For most, there is no one listen-
                                         from someone burning a brush       little country cemetery without  ing to hear their name; no one
                                         pile or ‘farming with a match’.    removing my hat for just a mo- who has ever known them, but
         Here on our outfit, the most  No mass graves, or RPG’s.  We        ment - just in case there may  that does not make it any less
      interesting thing going on this  probably do have a few fox-          be one there. That’s definitely  important or less fitting a me-
      week is that Spring has rolled  holes in the area, but not the        where most of them are in our  morial.  A flag and a few mo-
      in with some nice showers to  kind with sandbags.                     part of the world.                ments.  One might say, “It’s the
      help bring on some green grass.       The only buildings falling        There’s a special day coming  very least we can do.”
      But no troops, no tanks,  no  down in our neighborhood                up in just a few weeks when we       The next generation needs
      missiles.   The only thing ‘mov- are old barns that have been         can stop and honor those he- to be reminded what the cost
      ing in mass’ are some amazing  standing for decades and are           roes. You see, in no small part,  of our peace and freedom has
      herds of deer.  I saw a column  now finally falling victim to the     they are the reason why there  been.  If you agree and if there
      of thirty when I was out riding  wind, weather, and disrepair.        are no troops, no tanks and no  is not a “flags in” event sched-
      the other afternoon.  They were       We do see some traffic jams     invading  armies  threatening  uled somewhere near you, then
      stretched out for a quarter of a  from time to time.  It’s usual-     our neighborhoods at the mo- why not organize one and start
      mile. They are the closest thing  ly a bunch of trucks at the gas     ment.  The same can be said  a lasting tradition?   There’s
      to an invading army that we  pump in town all followed by             of many other communities  still plenty of time to do it.  If
      have in our neighborhood.          a  boat  –  folks  who  can’t  wait   all across the globe. Peace and  there is one nearby – don’t
         We are all doing well, we  to get to the lake on a warm            freedom always come at a very  miss out and take some young
      have some food in the freezer,  spring day.  The fish must be         high price.                       Americans with you.  It will be
      a backup generator, and no one  biting.                                 If you’ve never been a part  a morning that they will never
      is lobbying missiles into the         Invaders?  We have a few of     of a ‘flags in’ ceremony where  forget.
      garden in our backyard.            those.  They fly in, hatch from    once a year, every hero’s name       Isn’t that the whole idea?
         Sometimes we do hear gun- larvae, and eat our crops and            is called out and a small flag
      shots, but when we do, we know  alfalfa.  An army?  Maybe some        is  placed  beside  their  stone

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