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It Was A Somber Start To The Week
Logan S. Palmer
This year, 9/11 was on Monday and it was even more somber than usual as the community remembered the terrorists’ attack on our nation.
Monday morning, services for Logan S. Palmer were held at Life Foursquare Church in Decatur.
Palmer, 23, Petty Officer Second Class of Harristown, was killed when the Navy destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker near Singapore Aug. 21.
His father, Sidney, was a kid who lived with his parents and siblings across the street from our house when our sons were about the same age.
That seems like yesterday but so much has happened since that time and my thoughts and prayers are with Logan’s family and friends at this time.
Those who step up and are willing to serve our country will always be special men and women to me -- and the vast majority of Americans.
• Memorial Dedicated
Monday evening, the Decatur 9/11 Memorial was dedicated at a site alongside the shoreline of Lake Decatur.
So many people, from different walks of life and professions have been involved in creating this unique memorial honoring and re-membering the sacrifices that were made on Sept. 11th by fellow citizens.
The memorial in-cludes a 30’ I-beam from the World Trade Center.
Some artifacts were salvaged from the ruins of the Trade Center and were stored in an airport hanger at JFK.
A request was submitted in February, 2014 for an artifact from the World Trade Center. I, along with several others in the community, wrote letters of support for the request and nearly a year-and-a-half later, on Aug. 7, 2015, confirmation was given that Decatur would receive the I-beam.
There’s a long story about its trip to Decatur, raising funds to build the memorial and everything connected with it -- which led to Monday’s ceremony.
Although she will be the first to admit that she is one of a lot of people who pitched in to make the memorial a reality, Lauren Axe has done an incredible job of keeping this project alive when a few wondered if it would ever become a reality.
Well, the memorial is now a reality and not only a testament to the men and women it honors, but an example of what can happen when Decatur and Macon County people work together to achieve a goal.
Decatur is a very patriotic community and love of country runs deep here.
Thanks to Lauren and the George A. Mueller Beer Co., who led the campaign to get the I-beam here, and everyone who contributed time, talent and money to make the memorial a special part of our community.
Your efforts, and the monument, inspire me.
• Caulkins Announces
Dan Caulkins, of Decatur, has launched his campaign to win the state representative’s job for the 101st District seat. The district, which includes part of Decatur, is presently held by Rep. Bill Mitchell who announced recently that he will retire from the General As-sembly at the end of his term.
Caulkins was a Decatur City Council-man for one term during most of the time that I was mayor.
We didn’t always agree on some issues, but I look forward to talking with Dan again during the campaign.
(I promise that I won’t bring my mayor’s gavel).
Caulkins is the second candidate to file for the office. Cerro Gordo School Board President Todd Hendricks was the first to file. Tuesday, Piatt County Board Chairman Randy Keith threw his hat into the race.
• Best Wishes
Best wishes to retiring the Decatur Fire Department’s Battalion Chief Todd McKenzie who has retired after 28 years of service.
A special “Walk-Out” ceremony and reception was held in his honor at Fire Station #1 last Friday.
Decatur is fortunate to have such dedicated people as McKenzie.
I’m not sure when I will retire from the Decatur Tribune. The ceremony here will probably be more of a “Drag-Out” or “Carry-Out” when, and if, that happens.
I think the “Walk-Out” is a really great ceremony -- and preferable.
• ‘Cruise 11’
More beautiful weather for the “Cruise 11 to Remember 9/11” event around Central Park on Sunday.
Thanks to Cruise 11 Organizer Ayn Owens for the great job she continues to do in holding this event to celebrate veterans and first responders.
To all who asked, yes, I still have my 1979 black Corvette -- but I haven’t had time to drive it this year.
• Local Bidder Preference
Read Decatur City Council members comments on giving preference to local bidders in the awarding of city contracts in a City Beat Plus article in the print edition of the Decatur Tribune or under Local News on this site.
Listen to the “City Hall Insider” hour with Paul Osborne on Byers & Co. at 7:00 every Thursday morning over NEWS/TALK 1340 WSOY. or visit our website at decaturtribune.net.
Central Park Fountain in Downtown Decatur