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Corsicana Mayor Don Denbow

Dear Citizens:

The resolve of Corsicana citizens to embrace the words “I CAN” in our city name is on display.

Last week, Navarro Dental Center held its annual “Dentistry from the Heart” day. For the fifth

year, Dr. Michael Eeds and his team worked on a Saturday and provided free dental care to those

who cannot afford it. Many of these are Veterans. The team worked tirelessly to provide

services to 127 people. Dr. Eeds is an example of how one person with the “I CAN” attitude can

change people’s daily lives. I appreciate the donation of time and talent he and his staff provide

every year.

The “I CAN” theme was celebrated last week at Kinsloe House’s 81st birthday party. Musician

and entertainer Dave Tanner presented patriotic songs with unusual beginnings and the odds

against them becoming popular. His message, that “American” has “I CAN” in the word,

reminded me of our own city.

Coming up is the Inaugural Texas Veterans Day Parade. With just a handful of committee

volunteers, this group wanted the Parade on May 18 because of its special meaning as Armed

Forces Day. “I CAN” became “WE WILL.” Please plan to be Downtown along Main and

Beaton Streets to see this patriotic parade of more than 40 entrants from Corsicana and Texas

cities, including our own Corsicana High School ROTC unit. This parade will inspire our

children as much as it will delight the Active Military, Veterans, and viewers. We should not

forget Ronald Reagan’s message: “Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction.”

The parade kicks off at the Navarro County Courthouse at 10 a.m.

On the same day, Saturday, May 18 at 1 p.m. is the unveiling of the next Bronze statue which

honors Dr. Kent Rogers. From his work in private practice and public health, to his decades of

volunteer work on the sidelines of Corsicana Tiger football games, Dr. Rogers has been a

constant in the changing face of medicine in Navarro County. He reveled in his ability on the

sidelines of Tiger Field to help and inspire kids who learned not to quit. He was practicing and

teaching “I CAN”. The Bronze statue will be permanently placed on the corner of Fifth Avenue

and Beaton Street. All of the Bronze statues will be part of the city’s “Hear the History”

program available on mobile devices. The Dr. Rogers' Bronze script will be demonstrated at the

event. Now, people can understand more of the heritage and stories behind these statues and the

people and contributions they represent. The event is free and the public is invited to the

unveiling – each produced, by the way, solely from private donations.

200 N 12th Street Corsicana, TX 75110 903‐654‐4800

We all can enjoy the many events and activities Corsicana’s groups, committees, organizations

and creative thinkers are producing. “I CAN” see you there.