Thursday, June 12
The crew waits patiently for me to write a blog post. We’re in the Perfect Tow Vehicle parked in a shady spot along the road near I-15 on the outskirts of Nephi, Utah. Finally, I finish!
“Okay, let’s take a look at this town.”
As I enter Nephi a flash of colors catches my eye.
“I’ll be right back. I have to see this.”
As I step on the carpet of green grass, I’m awed by the many varieties of roses, their blooms in full display in the noonday sun.
I drift around the flower beds, kneeling to take photos.
Gosh, they’re beautiful!
“When its mesmerizing array of multicolored roses is in full bloom, the rose garden on the southwest corner of 100 E and 100 N draws the eye and brightens the neighboring Veterans Memorial. Renovated and rededicated on September 11, 2008 as a public service project of the Nephi Lions Club, the memorial bears upon its marble surfaces the Pledge of Allegiance and the names of thousands of Juab County Veterans who exemplified outstanding patriotism.”
The same family name over and over . . . brothers? cousins? fathers? sons? All from this one county.
I imagine a young man, barely more than a boy, exploring the canyon with his buddy, fishing the creeks, driving with his girl in his first car between lush fields, walking these same streets . . . Not one, but hundreds, each one an individual with dreams and plans . . .
I leave the memorial section and return to the rose garden.
Each rose has a voice. “I was young.” “I was alive.” I love you, Mom.” “Remember me.”
NOTE: This post is off the topic of RVing and boondocking and dogs being cute. Forgive me for drifting away from the usual topics. I want a record of this experience.
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