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Word on the Street: Remembrances

Today is the traditional Memorial Day, first observed in 1868. The first Indianapolis 500 took place on May 30, 1911. And my dad took his first breath on May 30 in 1932.

In 1968, when Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act moving the national Memorial Day observance to the last Monday in May, the long holiday weekend and “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” played host to our most celebrated family tradition! Grandma’s fried chicken, croquet, and double the cake and ice cream because my dad’s brother was born on May 31st.

I took this photo after Mom and I decorated Dad’s grave in Croy’s Creek Cemetery that overlooks the Putnam/Clay county line road. My dad’s mom was a member of  Croy’s Creek Church and many of my ancestors are buried in the church’s cemetery.

Mom and I also visited Clearview Cemetery to honor my stepdad, a World War II Navy veteran. This sculpture is about the height of a lectern and overlooks State Road 340 (a former alignment of U.S. Highway 40 – “The Road that Built a Nation” – now designated the Historic National Road) just west of  Brazil in Clay County.

In memory of “The World’s Greatest Dad,” my stepfather and other national heroes before and after him, I dedicate this post to them and share with you the Word of hope that Jesus taught us to pray:


10/52: Dick Huffman Covered Bridge

The Dick Huffman Covered Bridge still spans the Big Walnut Creek in Putnam County, Indiana. I first crossed this bridge as a young child in a family of unabashed river rats. My grandparents had a rustic cabin on the west bank of the Eel River about a mile south downstream. Although leaning a bit, the 1880 bridge is sound. If you look close, you will see my best friend walking in the shadows toward the viewing windows. I must revisit this bridge when the sun is lower in the sky.

According to countyhistory.com: The Dick Huffman Covered Bridge, earlier known as the Webster Covered Bridge because of its proximity to the old Webster Mill, crosses Big Walnut Creek on County Road 1050 southwest of Manhattan in Putnam County. Built in 1880, this double span Howe Truss structure has a length of 265 feet, or 273 feet including the 4-foot overhang at each end, with a portal clearance 16 feet wide by 15 feet high. The Dick Huffman Covered Covered Bridge is listed in the 1989 “World Guide to Covered Bridges,” published by The National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges Inc., as 14-67-13. The structure was previously identified as “mw” by the Covered Timber Bridge Commission of 1938.

Photo of the Week series: Every Sunday in 2012 I will either share a photo from my archives or something new I just can’t wait to get feedback on for future art shows/exhibits.

Blogger participation: My hope is to receive enough input on each week’s photo to later post a Bloggers’ Choice of the Month and wrap up 2012 with a Bloggers’ Choice of the Year.