Honoring the Birth of a Nation in Siouxland, Rural Plymouth County

3 Jul

A lot of my driving around the backroads of Siouxland is done in anticipation that I will find something surprising and not previously seen by me. Although many of the places I visit I am certain are frequented by those living nearby.

I came across a small, well kept cemetery recently that I don’t recall visiting in the past. In the country it was quiet. Not even passing traffic disturbed the quiet. Seeing one grave in particular it made me think of the upcoming Fourth of July holiday that America celebrates, as do all countries when it comes to their birth and becoming the nation they are today.

A remembrance of a person who served his country in rural Plymouth County, Iowa Tuesday June 26, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Fourth of July celebrations for most communities involve parades, backyard cookouts and fireworks. Two out of the three are noisy but fun and delightful. Children these days live for parades and the free candy generally tossed their way by those on participating floats.

So it was this quiet and solitude, a salute to a person who served their country that resonated. No distractions, no noise, just a thoughtful embrace of those who came before.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

 

A dove finds a quiet spot to rest in rural Plymouth County, Iowa Tuesday June 26, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

3 Responses to “Honoring the Birth of a Nation in Siouxland, Rural Plymouth County”

  1. Washe Koda July 3, 2018 at 9:51 am #

    Fireworks is a given as far as noise makers but sometime in the 80’s they thought it was neat sounding the firetrucks, police, & ambulance sirens !!! the entire parade route. Have a Happy 4th 🇺🇸

  2. Laurie Prescott July 4, 2018 at 12:02 pm #

    Sioux City where my Mother was from.

    • jerrymennenga July 4, 2018 at 2:58 pm #

      Laurie,

      I believe many people have been and life took them on a different road of destiny.

      Happy Fourth.

      jerry

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