Editorial: Contributing to our country and community

Aug. 02, 2013 @ 04:09 PM

Two acts of service get our applause today.

John Hindsman is on active-duty orders with the Army and has been deployed to Fort Carson, Colo., where he’ll serve in the Judge Advocate General system. Hindsman has been a prosecutor in Vance County, serving as assistant on the staff of the district attorney.

His job awaits his return.

There’s also the Oxford Rotary Club, a participant for all 25 years the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway program has been in existence. Recently, the Rotarians got a nice thank-you plaque and a few other goodies.

Service to one’s country deserves high praise, no matter the role. And we’re just as proud of volunteers helping keep our communities clean.

• The recent salute to a pair of Eagle Scouts by the Henderson City Council is a reminder of the viability of organizations working for the community.

The Boy Scouts are just one of many entities that at various times participates either with our city or county. Often, we don’t see the all that they have done or accomplished.

But when leadership in both the government branches of our community and the vast public branches gets together, great things can happen. In this case, some of our recreational sites got a boost.

Working together has been, still is and will always be the best way to make our community better.

• Plenty of red, white and blue pride is in Baltimore today.

Volunteers are hand-sewing about 150,000 stitches in a six-week project to make a star-spangled banner. It’ll be a replica of the flag waving over Fort McHenry in 1813 when Francis Scott Key drew inspiration for our national anthem.

As the story goes, it was a big flag, big enough at Maj. George Armistead’s request that the British could see it from great distance. At 30-foot by 42-foot, Mary Pickersgill and those helping her did the sewing in a local brewery big enough to hold it.

The plan is to fly the flag on Defenders Day, Sept. 12, at Fort McHenry. Then it may tour a bit, including the Smithsonian and ground zero in New York.