Before I tell you about my weekend, let me encourage you to shake the hand of a soldier today. Hang a flag in honor outside your home or on the gravesite of a fallen soldier. Talk to your kids about true heroism and patriotism. Patriotism is supporting your country and deserving soldiers all the time.
My grandfather fought in WWII in the Pacific arena. My uncle also joined the Navy and Glen was with the 101st Air Calvary in Vietnam. To honor them, I drove to Fort Kent and stayed with a retired vet friend, Gary Argraves, whom I met last year while staying on Cross Lake. We talked about what it meant to serve your country in hard times over lobster and fiddleheads, chicken stew and ploye.
I was also able to spend some time with my friend, and maple syrup maker, Holly Hardwick. We met at the Fort Kent Bible church, and after service shared a meal at the Swamp Buck. (You can learn more about her maple syrup operation at www.northwoodsnectar.com .)
The Fort Kent area is special. The people are patriotic year round, and American flags hang along main street without cause for a holiday. There’s a real sense of community in this rural town that much of America has lost that makes it desirable to me. The town motto is “The Little Town That Could.” And they do!
There’s a vibrancy to the town due to the diversity the University of Maine brings, but also being home to the Can-Am international dog sled race (http://can-am-crown.net/), world-class trails & training center for Olympians (http://10thmtskiclub.org/) , scenic surroundings and fantastic regional foods.
I hope your Memorial Day weekend was spent in the company of good friends, having good times.
I’ve uploaded some of my photos from last year at http://emiling.com under Fort Kent.