Thumbs up to the Franklin County Board of Supervisors, which agreed last week to revisit its March decision not to fly the POW/MIA flag at county buildings.
While the board has not overturned its earlier decision, supervisors agreed to examine state guidelines, which they were not previously aware of. Supervisors had agreed to fly the POW/MIA flag at the Franklin County Veterans’ Memorial Park — an appropriate venue — but said that flying the flag at county buildings could obligate them to fly other flags “representing causes that may not align or properly represent our community.”
The POW/MIA flag is the only flag aside from the U.S. flag to be flown over the White House.
Designed in 1972 on behalf of the National League of POW/MIA Families, the flag represents the more than 82,000 American veterans still unaccounted for. Surely, if there are state guidelines to display the flag that honors those who have been prisoners of war or are still missing-in-action, there is hope Franklin County officials can adopt a set of guidelines to honor them as well.
Also, thumbs up to the volunteers who have been working in community gardens to supply fresh produce to those in need. While many foodbanks fill with non-perishable items such as peanut butter and pasta, it’s a double asset for the food-insecure to receive fresh fruits and vegetables. Not only is it supplying food to those in need but healthy fresh food at that.
More than 24,000 pounds of food from 20-plus gardens across the area have reached more than 17,000 families in the past year. Churches, clubs like Rotary and residents who grow an extra row of produce to donate are all a part of this valiant effort that distributes food through groups such as Lake Christian Ministries or Stepping Stone Mission – organizations that strive to help those in need every day.
Thumbs down to all the rain the Roanoke Valley recently received — especially on weekends. Yes, rain is important, especially to farmers, but so many awesome events have been cancelled this summer due to inclement weather. Court Days, one of the summer’s first weekend celebrations, scheduled for June 8, was rained out despite all the hard work from the Community Partnership to get the event together. The May 31 Creek Freaks Kids Float was rained out, as were some area cycling events.
Franklin County also experienced more than 30 road closures the weekend of June 8 due to the deluge that led to a swift water rescue in Callaway.
Thumbs up to area farmers, Callaway Fire-Rescue workers and Franklin County Public Safety crews, all of whom assisted a motorist who was swept off the road by floodwaters that day.
Luckily, Franklin County had beautiful weather long enough to host Southwest Virginia Antique Farm Days. Here’s hoping we can make it through the Fourth of July Independence Festival, which is scheduled for July 3 at Franklin County High School in Rocky Mount.