2009-07-25 / Editorials & Letters

Young singer thrills Queen passengers

Editor:

Many of you know J-me Braig, the director of the Buckeye Lake Museum. She is Buckeye Lake's answer to the "Energizer Bunny;" she never stops. One of her many accomplishments, with the museum, was to bring a tour boat to the lake. The Queen of the Lake II was launched late in the summer of 2007 and had a full year of operation in 2008. This year has been a whirlwind of activity for the Queen with a private tour almost every day (sometimes two or three) and a public tour every Saturday and Sunday.

I'd like to share a short story about our cruise on July 19. As I was greeting passengers, a husband and wife and their small grandson boarded. The wife told me the boy was excited about going for a ride on the boat because he was going back to Germany on Tuesday. His daddy has been busy defending our country by flying helicopters in Iraq while he is stationed in Germany.

I was narrating the tour and at just about the halfway point, the grandfather walked toward me with the little boy by his side. He asked me if the boy could sing a song. I said, "Certainly! This will be a first." I bent down and asked him what he wanted to sing. "God Bless America," he replied. And, sing he did! With a beautiful young voice, he sang that classic from start to finish and never missed a beat. The rest of the passengers gave him a big ovation. I think there may have been lumps in people's throats as we listened to this four-year-old lad perform.

I feel remiss that we didn't get their names. It would be great to thank his father for his service to our country and tell him how proud he should be of the young man he and his wife are raising.

Mike Cassidy Buckeye Lake

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