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Grateful Reflections


This past May, we took my 87 year old mother-in-law to France to follow in the footsteps of her Uncle Laurance, who lost his life July 26, 1918 during World War I, at the Battle of Château-Thierry. He was part of the 42nd Rainbow Division, out of Iowa. We visited where he fought and was wounded, the aide station where he passed, and the location of the temporary hillside cemetery where he was buried before being relocated stateside.

We also visited Omaha Beach, Utah Beach and the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at Collevillesur-Mer. The American Cemetery contains the graves of 9,385 of our military dead, most of who lost their lives in the D-Day landings and ensuing operations. As we listened to the tour guide explain the events leading up to, the invasion of, and the following days, we all stood in awe of the bravery and sacrifice of those who fought.

As I reflected on both experiences, I am saddened, proud, honored, and thankful. Saddened that the generations that I grew up with as parents, grandparents,  neighbors, friends, customers, and clients, are slowly passing on and soon will be gone. Often in business I refer to them as the Aging Generation, also known as “The Greatest Generation”. I am proud, honored, and thankful, that I am a bi-product of “The Greatest Generation”. This generation had the work ethic, wisdom, patriotism, entrepreneurial spirit, sacrifice, experience, and love of country and family like no other. It has been an honor and privilege to work with many of this generation.

I would be remiss not to also thank and pay tribute to the men, women, and their supportive families who have fought in the ensuing wars, peacetime efforts, and  current conflicts, all to protect and preserve our freedom. Because of their bravery and sacrifices, we enjoy freedoms like no other country. Thank you to the veterans, to those currently serving in the military, to those who have been wounded and/or disabled, and to the families who lost a loved one who paid the ultimate sacrifice, I will be forever grateful.




In This Issue...
Grateful Reflections
Update on Land Values

Survey - Cash Prizes
Notice to Terminate Farm Lease
Considering Selling?

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