Those who've served in our country's military and law enforcement know the true meaning of Memorial Day. They've paid a personal price — even a sacrifice — for protecting our nation. That was the opening topic at the other day's Koffe Klutchers.
• "Because of it, dummies are alive to grumble about paying higher prices for beer on the holiday," growled Fridge, a retired Marine.
• "Now we honor fallen law enforcement officers, too," added Barn Bette. "What does that tell you about the state of our nation?! At least I think I'm safe out here in the country."
• "Only because folks around here know ya enough to not mess with ya," replied C.M Duck, "and seeing your huntin' rifle in the pickup window helps."
• Nodding his head in agreement, Phil Osifer sed: "Preparedness is a good thing – with side benefits."
• "Freedom to grumble and celebrate carries a high price," reflected Preacher. "It's worth teaching and reminding all to remember who paid the bill."
Jonathan Birdsong is a pen name for a Farm Progress editor.