Convention entertainment is superb
Along with the usual activities at the annual convention, there was some outstanding entertainment.
The Checkerboard Chorus performed Thursday night. Special music was provided by B.O. and Marilyn Wilkins' daughter, Melanie. She not only sang for a packed house at the concert, she was part of the Memorial Service Friday morning, singing "Thank You," a song adapted for the occasion.
Friday night's function was a Taco Night featuring free tacos and nachos, a cash bar, and the musical entertainment of Sid Fly, a local "cowboy singer."
Fly performed "Don't Forget the Soldier," which he had written. Several members asked for copies and others asked that it be reprinted in the Checkerboard:
Don't Forget the Soldier
Don't ever take for granted
All the bounty of this land
For until you've gone beyond our borders
You might not understand
How beautiful our mountains
How swift our rivers run
How deep and green the valleys
How bright our golden sun
Yet for all of this
America is more than what you see
It's the patriot whose sacrifice
Allows us to be free
So you can march along with fisted hand
And you can burn our flag so dear
But while you enjoy the luxury
Of living without fear
Don't forget the solder
However far away
That lives among our enemy
To grant you one more day.
Sid Fly enjoyed performing for the convention and asked that his addresses be included in this issue of the Checkerboard so members may contact him: 135 River Trail, Castroville TX 78009; e-mail: email@example.com.