This and last week have been busy in the park, with the Brushy Tennessee Department of Correction crew painting the gazebo, cutting back weeds from the river bank and underneath the bridge and along the fences that run between Christmas Lumber Company property and the park. It is hard labor, but the young guys are largely unsupervised and seem to appreciate being here than behind a fence or bars.
Others have been busy putting up big white tents, retiling the bathrooms, and cutting the grass for the coming ceremonies. They are all preparing to dedicate The Roane County War Memorial on October 14th. A big brick fountain, plaque wall (now draped in purple to keep the names they hold a surprise), and flagpoles have been installed for this specific purpose, and it all looks grand.
It is a good place to be and a good place to walk and contemplate…well, wonderfully there is less clutter in my head these days, and so much of the walk is just quiet time, simple prayers of thanks, and the buzz of brain cells waiting or searching for something to process.
I love it. I have been blessed, and I know I have said it many times before, but “thank you” cannot be said enough.
UPDATE to local readers: The traveling wall, Vietnam War Memorial, will be at Riverfront through the weekend, beginning this Friday.