Lincoln Southern Baptist Church "Boat Float" honors fallen soldiers
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[May 27, 2014]
LINCOLN - On Sunday morning
following church services at Lincoln Southern Baptist, members
brought small, lovely boats made during Sunday School to Kickapoo
The measure this day was to honor those who have given their
lives for our country. The small crowd gathered on the banks of the
creek first sang "America the Beautiful" and then, "My Country Tis
of Thee," which was followed by John Sutton trumpeting "Taps."
With that, the biodegradable boats decorated with beautiful fresh
flowers and flags were ceremoniously handed down three young men,
who respectfully set one boat at a time afloat. For Junior High
student Jacob Franklin, it was his first year to be allowed to
perform the ritual his grandmother Joyce has been organizing for 16
The local tribute was adopted for being something different. While
it was taken from a practice of remembrance for those lost at sea;
here today, it is intended to remember all our fallen soldiers.
Many of those at the creek side said that they have a history of
family members that have served in various branches of service and
they appreciated this gentle jester to honor and remember our
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The last boat created some extra interest as it
kept getting caught in an eddy and returning, but after its
third launch it finally made its way to join the line of boats.
But for the singing of many birds, each person quietly watched
the peaceful fleet gently sail around the bend until all were
out of sight.