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
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.