Sperryville: Honoring our heroes

Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates American men and women who died while in military service. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the Civil War (it is celebrated close to the day of reunification after the war), it was expanded after World War I.

Many people will observe the holiday next Monday (May 31) by visiting cemeteries and memorials. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. local time. Another tradition is to fly our nation’s flag at half-staff from dawn until noon local time. Volunteers often place flags on each gravesite at national cemeteries.

Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars take donations for poppies in the days leading up to Memorial Day. The poppy’s significance to Memorial Day is the result of the John McCrae poem “In Flanders Fields.”

Memorable melodies

How nice to walk up Main Street on Sunday afternoon and hear music echoing beautifully from the newly renovated deck at the Thornton River Grille! The Gold Top County Ramblers were playing to an overflow crowd. And this Saturday, Dontez and Friends will be at the Blue Fox Pub (the pub at Blue Rock Inn) for a special performance starting at 6 p.m. (cover charge and special menu).

Economy down, spirit up

Many county residents work multiple jobs, especially in these days of a struggling economy and few full-time positions with salaries that allow just one job. We all continue to support our own, but let’s make an even bigger effort in honor of Memorial Day.

Katie Pricer is the owner and founder of Pricer Insurance on U.S. 211 beside Hearthstone School. But if you walk into the Blue Fox Pub and see a familiar face, that is also Katie. Like many people in the county, Katie wears many hats to make ends meet — insurance company owner, bartender, jewelry maker, crocheter, painter and former antique car dealer (little known fact: She still has a 1972 Karmann Ghia, 1970 Cadillac Calais and a 1979 VW Cabriolet).

Born in the county but raised in Fairfax, she weekended here until high school when she returned full time to attend RCHS. Katie is a great example of the spirit that abounds in Rappahannock. She spent four years in Tucson working for an insurance company and studying under four agents. It gave her the opportunity to do the equivalent of an apprenticeship. She returned home to start her own insurance business two years ago, which is “holding its own” but still requires Katie to lead the multitasking life.

Let us know of more folks with such entrepreneurial spirit who should be covered!

Birthday wishes

Happy birthday to Thelma Jenkins, who is celebrating all this week (not just on Tuesday, May 25th)! And to Randolph Clater, also known as Rudy (yes, he is the namesake of the Pizzeria), will celebrate his birthday on Monday.

SVFD yard sale

It’s 8:30 to 1 Friday and Saturday, later if they’re kept busy. Stop by the Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department, rain or shine!