The resolve of Corsicana citizens to
embrace the words “I CAN” in our city name is on display.
Last week, Navarro Dental Center held
its annual “Dentistry from the Heart” day. For the fifth year, Dr. Michael Eeds and his team
worked on a Saturday and provided free dental care to those who cannot afford it. Many of these are
Veterans. The team worked tirelessly to provide services to 127 people. Dr. Eeds is an
example of how one person with the “I CAN” attitude can change people’s daily lives. I
appreciate the donation of time and talent he and his staff provide every year.
The “I CAN” theme was celebrated
last week at Kinsloe House’s 81st birthday party. Musician and entertainer Dave Tanner presented
patriotic songs with unusual beginnings and the odds against them becoming popular. His
message, that “American” has “I CAN” in the word, reminded me of our own city.
Coming up is the Inaugural Texas
Veterans Day Parade. With just a handful of committee volunteers, this group wanted the
Parade on May 18 because of its special meaning as Armed Forces Day. “I CAN” became “WE
WILL”. Please plan to be Downtown along Main and Beaton Streets to see this patriotic
parade of more than 40 entrants from Corsicana and Texas cities, including our own Corsicana
High School ROTC unit. This parade will inspire our children as much as it will delight the
Active Military, Veterans, and viewers. We should not forget Ronald Reagan’s message:
“Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction.” The parade kicks off at the Navarro
County Courthouse at 10:00 a.m.
On the same day, Saturday, May 18 at
1:00 p.m. is the unveiling of the next Bronze statue which honors Dr. Kent Rogers. From his work
in private practice and public health, to his decades of volunteer work on the sidelines of
Corsicana Tiger football games, Dr. Rogers has been a constant in the changing face of
medicine in Navarro County. He reveled in his ability on the sidelines of Tiger Field to help and
inspire kids who learned not to quit. He was practicing and teaching “I CAN”. The Bronze statue
will be permanently placed on the corner of 5th Avenue and Beaton Street. All of the Bronze
statues will be part of the city’s “Hear the History”program available on mobile devices.
The Dr. Rogers Bronze script will be demonstrated at the event. Now, people can understand more
of the heritage and stories behind these statues and the people and contributions they
represent. The event is free and the public is invited to the unveiling – each produced, by the
way, solely from private donations.
We all can enjoy the many events and
activities Corsicana’s groups, committees, organizations and creative thinkers are producing. “I
CAN” see you there.