Veterans honored in many ways


Kim Brooks
Babbling Brooks Column
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Kim Brooks
Express Editor

Veterans Day honors 

What a great week, last week, honoring our area veterans! 

There were several opportunities for the community, and the county, to take part in thanking our local veterans. The Monticello Heritage and Cultural Center hosted a program on Nov. 10, with several speakers. A Quilt of Valor was also presented to Bill Dingbaum. His entire family, multiple generations, were in attendance to celebrate the occasion. 

The weather on Monday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day, postponed Monticello High School’s Veterans Day ceremony. They rescheduled for Tuesday morning, with a guest speaker and breakfast for local veterans. Then, each veteran took part in displaying an American Flag in each of the classrooms at the high school. 

The local VFW and American Legion held its annual Veterans Day soup supper on Monday evening. During the event, seven local veterans were awarded Quilts of Valor. Many family members were present to honor their father and grandfather as well. 

Midland schools honored their area veterans on Nov. 11, despite the snow that fell the night before. They also welcomed a guest speaker. The Midland High School National Honor Society took charge organizing and carrying out their ceremony. 

It’s so amazing to see people coming together to thank our veterans, something that should be done every day of the year, not just on Nov. 11. 

I’m biased, of course, with both of my parents being veterans. Every year during the Quilts of Valor ceremony in Monticello, I get teary-eyed seeing the veterans walk to the front of the room to accept their quilt and the hugs and thanks that go along with it. So many have unimaginable stories to share about their time in the service.

The royal family 

If you’re a Netflix viewer, I urge you to watch “The Crown.” (This only applies to those, like myself, who are obsessed with the British royal family.) 

This weekend, the third season of the show was released, and I may have started binge watching it until I had to force myself to take a break. 

“The Crown” follows the royals from 1947 when Queen Elizabeth marries Prince Philip through their life and the Queen’s reign. 

The first two seasons featured the same lead actors playing the royals and main characters. The third season, you’re introduced to all new actors playing those same roles, but as the characters age. Queen Elizabeth in her 20s is not the same as Queen Elizabeth in her 40s and 50s. Hence the different, older actors. 

I don’t know any other show that does this, brings in older actors to play the lead roles as the main characters age. It’s pretty smart rather than using makeup and prosthetics to make the actors appear older. 

Despite the release of season three, seasons one and two are still available for viewing. 

Watching a show like this, you learn so much about our history. I find “The Crown” to be fairly accurate, though they do embellish history a bit. For instance, I wasn’t aware that U.S. President Johnson did not care of Queen Elizabeth and royal family. An invitation to visit the Queen in England was turned down by Johnson. 

Have you ever heard of the coalmine disaster in Aberfan, Wales? On Oct. 21, 1966, the spoil tip slid downhill due to intense rainfall. The slurry of materials engulfed the village of Aberfan, including a school, which was in session during the catastrophe. The disaster killed 116 children and 28 adults. 

This incident is depicted in season three of “The Crown.” Then-Prime minister, Harold Wilson, urged the Queen to go and comfort the parents and families who lost children in the disaster, but she refused. It was after her husband, brother-in-law, and the prime minister went to Aberfan that she finally decided to go. 

The show did an excellent job showing the emotion of Queen Elizabeth when she arrived in Aberfan, seeing what was left of the school and the hundreds of graves of the children who perished.

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