Lesson in leadership


A Boy Scout, eager to lead, proves to be a wonderful example of the caring and commitment we should show to service men and women every day

This column, admittedly, comes a couple of days late, but with subject matter as important as the men and women who serve our country in the armed forces, it is, in my mind, too important to overlook.

In our community, especially, sitting in the shadow of Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Memorial Day is all too often overshadowed by the roar of carefully-tuned race car engines and the buzz of energetic race fans who converge on Cabarrus County for more than a week in the NASCAR spotlight.

But Memorial Day is not just for race fans, as is evidenced by a project by prospective Eagle Scout Lance Hunter.

Hunter, who has family ties to military service, has organized an effort to pay tribute to men and women currently fighting on the front lines of Iraq and Afghanistan.

To let those troops know they are appreciated, Hunter has collected donations to help purchase small, pocket-sized American flags that he is sending to troops overseas with a note explaining the purpose of the flag. Troops are encouraged to carry the flag with them as a reminder of those here at home who are thinking about them and their service, and praying for their safe return.

At first glance, the gesture may seem small, but Hunter has collected nearly 3,000 flags, and has already begun contacting military units that will receive the flags.

Hunter’s project is a small gesture, but one that can teach all of us how little things can make a big impact.

Whether it’s Memorial Day, or any other day of the year, it is important to recognize the sacrifices of our men and women in the armed forces. Even the smallest gesture – a handshake or a ‘thank you’ – can mean a great deal.

So, on behalf of Harrisburg Horizons, to all those who have bravely served our country in the past, and for those currently working to keep our country safe and secure, thank you. We are eternally grateful for your service.

Jonathan E. Coleman

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