SUNDAY May 30, 2021
"All gave some. Some gave all."
Purple heart recipient Howard William Osterkamp
I am fortunate to have worked on many projects with numerous veterans organizations over the past few decades. The men and women I met have huge hearts for their fellow Americans. They put themselves in harm's way for us. Many of their comrades didn't make it home.

It is for those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms that we take time to honor and remember each year on Memorial Day.

There's a story about a bird that reminds me of our soldiers who died protecting us. A group of firefighters battled a raging fire that took out several acres of forest and finally got it stopped. As they walked among the charred, bare tree trunks and smoldering debris on the ground, they came upon a dead bird at the bottom of a tree trunk. It had one wing spread wide and clearly died in the fire just sitting there. The men thought it so odd that the bird didn't fly away as it could have. One man took a stick and moved the bird slightly. As the bird's wing lifted up, three baby chirping birds lay safely beneath their mother's loving wing.

That's what men and women who fight for our freedoms do -- they are prepared to give their own lives to keep us safe. We owe them an immeasurable debt of gratitude.

Please join me this Memorial Day at 3 p.m. for a moment of silence in their honor.

Enjoy your freedom this week to hear wonderful music, try a themed picnic, and so many more opportunities in the Upper East Side of Texas. Visit us online at www.countylinemagazine.com. — P.A. Geddie
U.S. soldiers place flags on graves in Arlington National Cemetery. Read a Memorial Day message from U.S. Navy Veteran and Texas Veterans Commission Chairwoman Laura Koerner and join others across America in a moment of silence this Memorial Day in remembrance of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
FEATURE
The Upper East Side of Texas offers many good spots for picnics. From lakeside parks to downtown gazebos, try these themed picnic getaways for a family outing or friends getaway.
DESTINATION COUNTY LINE
Hickory Hill performs at the Blueberry Bluegrass concert from 6 to 9:30 p.m. June 11 at Festival Park in downtown Nacogdoches. They are joined by The Farm Hands, The Purple Hulls, and Gent Mountain Grass Burrs. Click the video above to hear Hickory Hill's “Cadillac” recorded at Music City Texas Theater in Linden, Texas.

The concert kicks off the annual Texas Blueberry Festival. Follow the headline link to read more.
THIS TIME OF YEAR
Born May 30, 1926, in Tyler, Johnny Gimble was a fiddler and a pioneer of Western Swing music. He joined Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys and toured with them for a decade. He and Wills pioneered the style called Western Swing, popular in the 1940s. Click on the headline to read more.
ARTS & CULTURE
Hear New Song By Kevin Tinney
Kevin Tinney of Winnsboro recently released a new song called "You’re Not Here." Listen to the video above.

“I’m really proud of this one and thankful for the friends that helped record it,” he says.

Those friends include producer and drummer Darrell Edwards and Chase Barrett on guitar, with harmonies by Heather Little, Meredith Crawford, and Chase Glover.

Learn more about Tinney and find out where to see him live on his Facebook page, Kevin Tinney Music.
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