Then there are the transplants who have chosen to come home to their roots for various reasons, but mainly for the purpose of doing business, of raising their family, of getting involved in community activities and to make a difference not only in their lives but for those to whom they may pass the proverbial baton.
One of the most poignant remarks I received that could perhaps best define Centerville was from my friend and neighbor Brenda Fry regarding the pride that swelled up in all of us when the late Master Sgt. U.S. Marine Travis Riddick was brought “home” to receive the honor and respect he so well deserved from his Centerville family. From our airport to the destination, honor guards and flags and ordinary people lined the streets to humbly express and pay tribute to our fallen hero. There can never be expressed enough our respect and appreciation for all whom have served our country. The very best comes out in us when we are faced with times that test our very souls.
All we have to do is look around, and we need not look far for a plethora of ways not only to enjoy the amenities our area offers but also to expose them to others by invitation. Our destination park, Honey Creek and Rathbun Lake should no longer be the best kept secret in southern Iowa. Our Sharon Bluffs and Lelah Bradley parks and reservoirs should be respected and enjoyed by not only locals but guests as well. We have a tremendous school district with the finest teachers and administrators available to answer to most any situation, let alone teach and lead our youngsters onto greatness and offering multiple extra-curricular activities. Indian Hills Community College offers a wide array of career opportunities as well.