Dear Moore Cousins,
Whooooaa! The Moore
Reunion "wagon" pulled up in
A beautiful Saturday morning greeted us all that morning,
as we all gathered in the Relax Inn lobby for coffee and continental breakfast.
After passing around topographic maps of the days journey, we corralled our cars
caravan style, and headed north through the majestic hills and valleys of God's
country north of
After enjoying the wonderful tree colors, auburn hills, and
intoxicating crispness of the morning air, we turned east to Bolivar for our
now-traditional luncheon in the backroom of Smith's Family Restaurant. As we'd
similarly enjoyed in 2004, Smith's provided us with a delicious selection of
home cooking favorites and their famous
As we fought off the post-lunch need for bellyful naps, we
drove due north up the country roads past Bolivar toward our
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After a peaceful and heartwarming time there, we all headed
back south to the motel to get ready for our dinner at Estelle's restaurant,
right on the town square in
As we gathered for our traditional evening of fun, frolic, and recognition, the sun set over the clock tower, and whispers of stories of gunfights and complicated entanglements came from the Missouri Moore storybook, as told by our host, Larry Moore./span>&
As we dined on chicken, trout, and flavor-soaked vegetables and potatoes, Larry and his 98-year old father Herb prepared to live up to their longstanding reputation as great Moore storytellers.
But first, it was time to recognize family members for
their outstanding service to this special and precious organization. For the
last 10 years as your Association President, I've always enjoyed the awards
presentations most of all, because we recognize the selfless service to the
family of so many wonderful cousins. This year was no different, as the Board
chose to recognize the tremendous dedication of our Missouri Moores. Since first
attending our Reunions at the start of the century, Herb Moore, Bessie
Rutherford, Edith Seward, and Janice Sims have not missed a single reunion in
all these years. For their untiring dedication to the Association, and as
co-hosts for the 2004 and 2008 reunions, we awarded each, the President's Award.
However, without their fearless leader, Larry Moore to organize and coordinate
everyone's annual efforts, they wouldn't have near as much fun serving us all.
For Larry's undying service and dedication, we presented the 2008 distinguished
Service Award to Larry Moore. Congratulations and a big
Now this is where the script kinda' ended for the evening.
Unbeknownst to me, Priscilla Rogers and
At the end of this magical evening, I asked our great
cousin Herb Moore to say a few words, about his recollections of his
participation in the D-Day invasion, some 65 years earlier. As Herb began his
story, I quickly realized that we were in for an incredible story, of heroism,
valor, carnage, and ultimate victory. I will always be grateful for remembering
to videotape our evenings together at these reunions, because Herb's memory was
as sharp as a tack, and his clear and cutting descriptions will be for indelibly
blazed in the minds of those that hear his story.
Lastly, as we all swayed to the door, we soon found
ourselves on the street in front of the county courthouse, staring at the
lighted clock at the crest of the roof. It was at this
moment that Larry Moore furthered his reputation as a classic
As with his father's D-Day story, both were captured on videotape as permanent "Oral History" of the family. If you'd like a VHS copy of the day's activities, including these precious stories, just let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks again to Larry & Herb for enriching our lives with their oral history.
Which brings me to the second of my last two points, as I
begin to close this Spring newsletter President's column. For your own sake, let
alone that of your family, your children, and the generations to come after you,
please sit down with your elders
Lastly, it is annual dues time again, and your $25 is so
much needed to do so much for the family. This year, we're working on purchasing
a new granite headstone for Hugh Moore in the