The True Citizen
P.O.Box 948
Waynesboro, GA
(706) 554-2111
Burke RFD

By Bonnie Taylor


Did you know the Waynes-boro Jaycees have sponsored the STAR Teacher Student for the past 37 years of its 45-year existence. Congratulations to the 2003 Burke County Star Student, Christy Ann Webb from Burke County High School and her Star Teacher, Karen Reeves. Thanks, Jaycees for all you do for our community!
Show your patriotism by flying your American flag and display it proudly.
Our local National Guard, Battery C, 1st Battalion 214th Field Artillery is leaving Thursday at 10 a.m. headed to Fort Campbell, Ky. Eighteen of them shipped out Monday morning under the gloom of clouds and rain.

If you see the two bus loads passing through town wave fervently – those men and others just like them serve our Armed Forces – so we continue to enjoy freedom.
The reality of war, only days away, according to President Bush in his address to the Union Monday night, is so close to home.

I had the awesome opportunity to be among the men of the 214th and their families Monday at their “Family Day.” I met a mother from Jesup who is sending her 19-year-old son off. He comes from a long generation of military men. It's their way of life. Nineteen??? He is just a big boy in my eyes ... but a man who would lay down his life for his country.

I saw a delivery of DelMac chicken and did not realize that two employees, Christine Osborne and Brenda Martin, from the convenience store were sending off their husbands, Willie Osborne and Bernard Martin.

When I saw Mrs. Mary Land, and her daughter Holly Goldsmith and daughter-in-law, Kathy, walk in I immediately remembered taking SSG Charles Land’s photo. That's their loved one. Princess Dykes who comes into The True Citizen often to place classified ads and events about her church is sending her husband, SSG John Dykes, and son, Spec. LéGregory Dykes.

I met the wife and two young children of CPT Glyn Goldwire and learned that 156 children will be immediately affected by these men leaving for harms’ way. Folks, these are people we know and walk beside daily not giving it a second thought. But they are ready to give their lives for our freedom!

I want to extend a huge thank you to all who gave monies, provided desserts, served, cleaned up and ran errands for the “Family Day” at the William L. Alford Armory and American Legion Post 120 on Monday. Burke Countians, again, rallied where they were needed.

I would like to extend special kudos to Juanita Mobley and Roy Black of Mobley's Cafeteria for providing the lunch at cost. Roy was also on hand to direct the serving. And with the great service from the Waynesboro Exchange Club, the Waynesboro Rotary Club, the Burke County Sheriff's Office, Burke County EMA, Burke County Chamber of Commerce, The Lake Restaurant and the American Legion Post 120, it was a lunch we were all proud to be a part of.

Another gentleman, Chaplain, Lt. Col. David L. Carter of the U.S. Air Force Reserve and pastor of First United Methodist Church of Waynesboro, just jumped right in and took the bull by the horns and organized the ceremony for the 214th and their families.
He notified the Junior Air Force ROTC Color Guard from Burke County High School and Wes Lawson, trumpeter, and secured their participation.

We had volunteers that just happened to be in the fold, including Bud North, Big “C” Evans and his son, John and grandson, John-John, Amanda Teague, the women in Pauline Jenkins Adult Women's Class, Representative Alberta “Jack” Anderson and 214th support person, Alberta Ports.

Another group that would have loved to have been at the luncheon was the staff of The True Citizen. Each one baked desserts with much love and praise for the 214th. A special thank you to staff writer Ben Roberts who jumped in where needed!
Look for a special edition in next week's True Citizen honoring the 214th men and their families. Albert Holland, plant manager for Chalker Publishing, made the rounds picking up desserts and delivering them to the Legion and filling in where needed.
Connie Smith and Elva Raines of First National Bank of Waynesboro have been keeping a watchful eye on monies dontated for the “Family Day” and folks have been generous. There's money left over for an emergency for the family and/or a homecoming celebration when the 214th comes home.

Contributors for the “Family Day” include: Mobley's Cafeteria, Waynesboro Exchange Club, Waynesboro Rotary Club, The True Citizen, First United Methodist Church, Botsford Baptist Church, Burke Apothecary, American Legion Post 120, William Mizell Ford, First National Bank of Waynesboro, American Legion Post 270, Mickey Stewart, Dr. William E. Pellerin, Wal-Mart, First Baptist Church, Rob White, Pauline Jenkins Adult Class, Papa's Pizza, Harveys Supermarkets, Pineland Bakery, DelMac Minute Mart, Everett and Brenda McBride, Burke County Tax Commissioner Cynthia McManus and Sara DeLaigle. And of course, nothing moves in Burke County without the help of Fred Roberts. Kudos, Fred!

The Georgia flag flying at the Armory is new and compliments of the Burke County Commission. The 214th are proudly carrying with them the Georgia flag that was flying at the Armory. We made the men a promise. If a new Georgia flag is designed while they are away serving, we'll do our best at The True Citizen to send them a new Georgia flag to fly. Upon seeing the photos in the special edition next week, if you would like to send expressions of kind words to the men or their families, do so by addressing the name of the family, Battery C 1st 214th FA, Att: SFC James Ports, 262 South Liberty St., Waynesboro, Ga. 30830.

SFC James Ports will remain at the local unit and will forward the cards to the families.
Just another way to remember the families while their “daddies” are away.

Not to be outdone by Harold Rowland or Ben Roberts, dualing columnists, to “be with it,” you can reach me via e-mail:

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