If you did not travel to Ellerbe this past weekend to view the farmer’s parade, you missed a great time and a sight of historical significance.
The parade and gathering was well orchestrated. With the feel of a large event yet with a small town flair and lots of community pride, people came from all over to be in or just view the parade.
A parade/gathering such as this can only be experienced in a tight-knit farming community.
From rolling displays of antique farm tractors and hot-rods, a marching band, church groups, Boy Scouts, and horses, there was something for everyone.
What historical event you might ask?
It was your chance to see Mr. John Mims of Aberdeen. Mr. Mims was a POW during WWII.
He is North Carolinas only living survivor of “The Bataan Death March.”
With the rapidly passing rate of the greatest generation, the chance to view and honor our soldiers of WWII should not be taken for granted.
To top off Saturday was a visit to the Rankin Museum.
If you have never been, it is a jewel in the crown of not only Ellerbe but also Richmond County and North Carolina. A visit to the Rankin Museum is a must.
In the museum you’ll not only see outstanding collections of a man’s life-long passions, but you’ll also be showing honor to the late Dr. Rankin. It was through his leadership and donations that this museum was established.
James M. Haltom