Fourth of July on Marco was truly spectacular from start to finish! The beach was not overcrowded, but pleasantly busy. You couldn’t help but feel the joy of the occasion and the love of our community and our Country everywhere! Many have repeated it was one of the best fireworks displays they have seen. The music from the beach and the fireworks bursting in air were marvelous! The 10th floor view from the Barcic’s Balcony couldn’t be matched. We are all so very blessed to live in the United States of America, where freedom reigns! Let us never forget those who fought for our country and for those freedoms – some of them have gone before us, and some of them are here among us. Let us always remember our heroes, and give thanks for all of our blessings.
The Arlington of Naples, A Lutheran Life Community, held its Annual Arlington Founders’ Independence Day Celebration on Tuesday, July 3rd at The Players Club at Lely Resort. The friends and future neighbors joined in a patriotic celebration featuring the Golden Gate High School JROTC, and Pastor Arnie Coones, Pastor Coach Lely High Football Team – some of the finest and brightest, most respectful students we have had the privilege to meet. The ladies at our table said these students all looked each person in the eye, they were sincere, respectful and gracious. Then “a word from our troops” was presented by Chief William C. Carl – a very stirring message from a man who has been called back to Afghanistan eight times. I never saw so many medals on one man in my life!
An absolutely marvelous dinner was served, during which Guitar Stylings by Bruce Inman Dinner Music was played, followed by a Musical Tribute to America, sung by the Mega Praise Team, under the direction of Linda Krehling of Mega Ministries. And as the dessert was being served, the “bombs bursting in air” showered down lovely confetti. Then – - – the lights dimmed and the floral centerpieces on each table (which actually had large sparklers in the center) all lit at the same time! It was nothing short of spectacular! We’d never seen anything like it before. Vicki Tracy and the Arlington Team – you never cease to amaze everyone who attends!