January 7, 2014
“Legacy For Tomorrow” reads the Morrow County seal.
I remember the community of my youth, a community comprised primarily of the moral, the responsible and the accountable. I remember a community that exemplified a righteous way of living, grooming its youth for the responsibility that they would one day inherit.
I have fond memories of my community and the liberties of growing up in a small town. I remember backyard games with the neighborhood kids, hide and seek played in shadows cast from lighted streets. I remember the ability to walk or ride our bikes safely throughout the town. I remember well the experience of being a Cub Scout and playing shortstop on my little league baseball team. In my home and throughout the community, there was no blurring of the line between right and wrong. If you were caught up in childhood mischief, you would surely be held accountable and learn from the experience. Parents , grandparents, coaches and teachers, one in all dedicated in whole or in part to the proper advancement of the youth and to the preservation of the community.
I was taught early the value of earning an honest dollar. As a youth; I was the kid delivering your newspaper, the kid that mowed your lawns, or shoveled your walks and driveways. I was the kid that cleaned the muck from your cisterns, the leaves from your gutters, as well as being the kid behind the meat counter at the local IGA.
In my community, service to country and to community were held with the same degree of reverence. I was in the constant company of the honorable veterans of both world wars, Korea, and Vietnam. These were my role models, men who served and sacrificed on my behalf, men who honored the fallen, honored the flag and honored their families.
This vision of America that my community provided, the responsibilities of being American that it instilled, this its legacy for tomorrow. A prized inheritance worthy of defense, worthy of maintenance, a treasure that must remain intact so that it might be carried onward in the hearts and minds of our future generations. We have inherited this legacy, this obligation. Don’t provide excuses of ” there’s only so much we can do”, when it is obvious that all will not do what they can.
Being honest and truthful does matter, serving the greater good depends upon it, and the legacy for tomorrow requires it.
Darin Seiber, Canaan Township