We are fortunate to have a Healing Field in Hanover, Pennsylvania, hosted by the Exchange Club at the West Manheim Elementary School. Three thousand flags stand on the grounds evoking memory, inspiration, tribute, inspiration and gratitude. Standing there, memories of that day flood in.
Each flag has a name attached in tribute and I hurt for the families still missing loved ones. This inspirational display of Stars and Stripes draws residents of Hanover together as they view the flags. We remember first responders and everyday heroes and we're grateful for them. We seem to be instilled with a new appreciation for those who serve and gratitude for the freedoms we sometimes take for granted.
It's a commemoration we need to remind us to be thankful for each day, each hug, and each smile we can share with a loved one.
USA TODAY Bestselling Author Karen Rose Smith is an only child who delved into books at an early age. She learned about kindred spirits from Anne of Green Gables, solved mysteries with Nancy Drew and wished she could have been the rider on The Black Stallion. Yet even though she escaped often into story worlds, she had many aunts, uncles and cousins around her on weekends. Her sense of family and relationships began there. Maybe that's why families are a strong theme in her novels, whether mysteries or romances. Her 97th novel will be released in 2017.
|Karen and Paddy|
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