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Who doesn't love a parade?

                                                       
                                                                    June 12, 2019
Dear Friends,

I love a parade! That old song came to mind as we stepped
off for the 120th Annual Firemen's Memorial parade last
week. It goes, "I love a parade, the tramping of the feet, I
love every beat I hear of the drum. I love a parade, when
I hear the band, I just want to stand and cheer as they
come. The rat-a-tat-tat, the blare of a horn. That
rat-a-tat-tat, a bright uniform... I love a parade!"

As the bells in Christ Church struck 9:00 a.m., we stepped
off behind the flashing lights of the lead vehicle, the Westerly
Marching Band and the color guard. The flags were flying
high and so was I. As we made our way through town I
thought about the sacrifice that these firefighters make on
a day to day basis. I was truly honored to be standing among
them.

I was there with Chief John Mackey, retired officers and
the men and women of the Westerly Fire Department. This
was my eighth year participating in the Firemen's Parade.
I can honestly say that it never gets old. I had an ear to ear
grin on my face as we marched through town. In that
moment I felt like the luckiest man on earth. I was in a
parade with some of my heroes.

A parade gives us an opportunity to celebrate the best
things in life. Whether it was this one to recognize our
firefighters, the parade in my home town of Colchester
that marks Memorial Day, the Victory Parade in Boston
that followed the World Series win, the Dunns Corners
Teddy Bear Parade or the Norwich Winter Parade,
they lift up the good gifts we enjoy.

We often live in a blur of activity. We end up taking the
people we see every day for granted. A parade prompts
us to stop and think about these things. Maybe we need
to have a separate parade for teachers, nurses, cashiers
and truck drivers? Guess what? We already do. There
is a parade of these people coming in and out of our
lives every day and we can honor them when they come
our way.

The book of Proverbs tells us to "cast your bread upon
the waters for you will find it after many days." In other
words, "be a blessing to those you meet. In doing so, you
will be blessed." I like the way St. Francis of Assisi put it:
"Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take
with you nothing you have received -  only what you have
given." So give them their due.

Summer is here. School will soon be out. For most of us
life slows down a bit. I'd like to encourage you this summer
to notice the people God sends your way. Take the time to
thank them for the little things they do. Notice the sacrifices
they make and tell them they are appreciated. Give them a
smile, a salute or a wave. I guarantee you will be blessed in
doing so.

God bless! Enjoy the parade!
See you in church.
Cal.
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