Garland Center recognizes war veterans

By Marie Faircloth - Contributing columnist
Marie Faircloth -

Linda Hill attends St. Stephens Church where she is a very active member. She is married to James Hill and they reside right here in Garland. Linda attends the Garland Senior Center where she wears many hats on a daily basis, and you would think she is part of the staff. She packs up the home-delivered meals, sings with the senior group and loves to help plan programs. For more than two years, she volunteered with the HDM meals program. Volunteers are vital to our program here. Thanks Linda for all you do. Those who work most, profit best.

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Wonderful things are continuing to happen here at the Garland Senior Center — games, exercise, bingo and paper flower making by Mary Smith. Come join us and make some beautiful gifts for Easter and Mother’s Day for cheap, but they are still such nice gifts.

Garland has many treasures among its residents, but one in particular shines very brightly in my mind today. David “Buddy” Council is one of the last remaining WWII survivors in the whole world. I heard a story once about how his entire platoon was attacked, not once, but three times and Mr. Council was the only one to make it out alive, on all three occasions. After his third brush with death, Mr. Council’s platoon sergeant changed his work orders and put Buddy in the kitchen.

“Council, you must be special! We want to keep you that way so you will work in the kitchen from now on!” Buddy was very happy to hear this and took to his new position. I hope that we can talk more, so I am able to write about Mr. Council and his life’s journey in future editions of Under the Shade Tree. Maybe we could even get Mr. David “Buddy” Council to join us sometimes at Garland Senior Center. It would certainly be a treat to have him here so we could thank him for all his years of service in protecting the United States of America. Thank you so much for all you have done and continue to do Mr. Buddy. We appreciate all of our Armed Forces and the men and women who put their lives on the line to keep us safe.

A few words to live by in closing. Time decides who we meet in life, your heart decides who you want in your life, and your behavior decides who stays in your life. Let your faith be bigger than your fears. Be strong. Believe. As always, live, love and laugh!

Marie Faircloth Faircloth

By Marie Faircloth

Contributing columnist