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I have been blessed to call Chincoteague Island my home. As a native of this little island, I have enjoyed the salty marshes, pristine beach, fantastic seafood and slow pace of everyday life.

I grew up here, like my parents and their parents before them.

As a child, island life meant endless summer days of swimming, crabbing, riding bikes or just laying on the grass and watching the clouds pass by.

We played baseball, tag, or caught lighting bugs in a jar until the rosy sun set over the channel.

On summer evenings, neighbors would sit on their front porches after dinner. They spoke to each person as they passed by. What a special place to be a part of.

Today, life moves at a much faster pace; the world seems a little colder. The day's news can be a little chilling.

Then I hear friends who have moved away speak of their longing to return.

They often recall the aroma (marsh mud) they experienced as they drove across the causeway that separates us from the rest of the world. That aroma means you are almost home.

A week or so ago, I experienced something that made me realize although the world has changed, the people of my hometown are not so very different today than they were years ago.

I drove down Maddox Boulevard and Main Street to a flurry of American flags and banners.

As I looked at each banner, I saw the faces of Chincoteague's finest young men and women who are serving and protecting our country as part of our military.

Wow! I felt myself tear up as I recognized the faces of so many on the banners.

At the same time, I could have popped my buttons with pride.

But my pride and thankfulness is not only for the young men and women who were displayed on the banners, but also for those who had worked so tirelessly to bring this tribute together.

Thank you to American Legion Post 159 and the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 159 — and also to the town of Chincoteague.

This is the kind of town I live in — an island, a town, a way of life.

Donna Jones
Chincoteague Island

 

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