Honoring mothers and soldiers this month

May 3, 2013 

The month of May is a time to honor our mothers and our fallen soldiers. Many mothers sacrifice a lot in order to nurture and to raise their children. Some have the help of a mate, while others play a Wonder Woman role.

The strength and endurance I have witnessed with women who are mothers amazes me. In the same essence, the members of the United States’ armed forces who serve to protect the world often play similar roles as caring mothers.

As children, some of the first art we constructed was for our mothers during special holidays. And, whether it was pretty or ugly, they always smiled as if it was a diamond bracelet. I can remember constructing cards and pictures with crayons, watercolors and colored pencils. I also recall making clay pots, paper flowers and so much more for my mother, during my childhood years.

As an adult, I still make some of my mother’s gifts. It may be as simple as a flower arrangement. However, most times, I give her money or a gift pertaining to her favorite hobby, which happens to be golf.

Now, if it wasn’t for my mother, Alice B. Jackson, I wouldn’t be nearly as community-oriented. She was a driving force when it came to me becoming a founding member of the board of directors in 2001 for the Macon Cemetery Preservation Corporation, initiated because of the blight in the historic Pleasant Hill neighborhood’s Linwood Cemetery. In order to embrace the residents of Macon with this neighborhood’s rich history, we hold a Memorial Day program in honor of our fallen soldiers. Soldiers buried in Linwood Cemetery date back to Buffalo Soldiers.

On May 27 at 11 a.m., the Macon Cemetery Preservation Corporation’s keynote speaker for this year’s Memorial Day service program at Linwood Cemetery is Army Staff Sgt. Timothy S. Hamlin, who is a resident of Macon.

Most years, our secretary Mary Lee Rogers asks the Golden Eagle Award winner or one of the nominees in music to perform a patriotic tune at the Memorial Day service. County Commissioner Bert Bivins always takes pride in singing “God Bless America.”

Light refreshments and bottle water will be served, and all of the public is invited to give thanks for the many soldiers who have lost their lives protecting our country and its global interests. We also use these special occasions to learn and share history with Macon’s residents.

Yolanda “Y-O” Latimore is founder of Poetic Peace Arts, Macon’s representative on the Knight National Arts Advisory Board and director of Like Water Publicity, a media and booking agency. She can be contacted at ylatimore@gmail.com.

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