May is always a beautiful month in Emerald Isle. We have many exciting events taking place in May. I am pleased to announce that the National Day of Prayer will be observed in Emerald Isle on Thursday, May 5th at 12 noon. This year the event will be held around the flag pole at the Town Administration Building. There will be ongoing celebrations throughout Carteret County at various town halls and administrative buildings. Please join me at 12 noon for this most important event. A group of dedicated people have worked several months on this event. You are invited to join us as we join with Americans throughout our nation as we celebrate National Day of Prayer. See you at 12 noon on May 5th at our Town Administration Building as we join together in prayer for our nation.
On Wednesday, May 25th we will dedicate the Senator Jean Preston Memorial Playground which is located at the Boat Ramp Facility. This event will start at 11 am. Words cannot express how excited we are to dedicate our newest playground in memory of a great public servant. This will be a wonderful new addition to Emerald Isle. I would like to personally thank each person who has donated to this playground. A special thank you to TRILLIUM which gave us a grant of 225,000. I would also like to thank everyone who made this playground possible. A big thank you to Judy Wilgus for her tireless leadership in making this dream a reality. The 25th of May is the birthday of the late Senator Preston and what better way to remember her birthday by dedicating this beautiful playground in her memory. Please join me on Wednesday, May 25th as we dedicate this playground in her memory.
May also affords us the opportunity to remember all of our service men and women who gave their life for our country on Memorial Day. This year Memorial Day is May 30. Let us remember and let us never forget the sacrifice they made for us to enjoy our freedoms. Memorial Day is a time to remember and thank God for those who gave their life. I encourage you to take time and REMEMBER! All too often we think of Memorial Day the start of summer, a big auto race, or a time for a three day weekend. But for all Americans Memorial Day should be a day of remembrance. Let us remember with a thankful heart! In writing this article I found the following prayer from the Archdiocese of Detroit:
“Loving God, today we remember and pay tribute to the men and women of the Armed Services who have died in the defense of our nation; from the days of the Revolution to these days in Iraq and Afghanistan. They paid the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we hold so dear. There is no greater love than this, than to lay down one’s life for a friend. It is only by your grace and love they have for you and this nation that gave them the strength to lay down their lives. We beseech you God, to receive these servants of peace into your loving embrace and grant them the eternal peace that surpasses all understanding. We also remember the family members of these great heroes. They too suffer a great and painful sacrifice. Bestow upon them the blessings of your consolation and peace. May you ease their sadness as they continue on the road to serenity and hope. To you we offer this prayer knowing you fulfill the heart’s desire of those who seek you with noble intentions. May our prayer for true and lasting peace be answered in accordance to your will and for the good of your sons and daughters. Grant this our loving God.”
May God bless each and every person. Enjoy the month of May.