To the Editor:

On Feb. 20, 21 and 22, 2019, I had the privilege to visit six nursing homes with Cowboy Rick and Arkansas Bev Hamby, along with professional photographer Dennis Crider. The Hambys have such a positive effect on our community and everyone they meet with their old “Silver Dollar City Stage Coach” and their radio program.

At the nursing homes, Rick asked each resident who could make it to the activities room questions about when and where they were born, what they and their parents did for a living and if they could go back in American history, who would they like to spend the day with. Some chose George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Daniel Boone and many wanted to be able to talk to their grandparents, “most going back into the mid-1800s.” What a wonderful history lesson did we get.

We were told that they or family members experienced everything from hearing Abraham Lincoln speak, being born in a cave, knowing Ma Barker, hearing the first news reports about the sinking of the Titanic, living under Hitler’s rule, losing everything, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, teaching, farming, picking cotton and military service.

If we don’t take time to listen to the stories of our family and friends, where will the real history of these extraordinary people that helped forge the communities we live in and the United States of America go? I, for one, hope to carry on with their history.

God bless America, veterans and their families and the lovely people we have met.

Andy Ingalsbe

Major, US Army

(Retired)

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