By PASTOR TOMMY POPHIN
You remember the dates: July 4, 1776; April 12, 1861; June 28, 1914; Dec. 7, 1941; June 25, 1950; somewhere between 1955 and 1959; and Sept. 11, 2001.
These are all significant dates. If you don’t know what they mean, look them up.
The one that stands out most in my mind is Sept. 11, 2001. The only reason why that date stands out so strongly is because I remember what I was doing when I heard the news. I was dropping my son and daughter off at the Mother’s Day Out Program at First Baptist Church in Mineral Wells. As I entered the building just before 9 a.m., people were already talking about a plane that struck the World Trade Center.
Initially, I thought some kind of accident had taken place. As I traveled to my office, reporters were telling the story of the first crash when the noise of the crowd began to rise. And then the second one happened. I immediately went to a friend’s house and we sat and watched as things unfolded throughout the day.
Most of you who are reading this article remember the events of that day.
This is Memorial Day Weekend. A national holiday which asks us to do one thing: remember. I have attended several military style dinners called “Dine-Ins.” At the Dine-In is a table at which no one sits. It is decorated with symbolic items and has one seat. It is the POW/MIA table and is thus reserved in honor and memory of those who are either classified as “Prisoners of War” or “Missing In Action.”
Before dinner is served, a script is read which includes pauses in which those present simply say the word “Remember.” If you have never had the opportunity to participate in such a wonderful ceremony, you have missed a treat.