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Take pride not just on holidays

There are few times in the year when Lawrence County businesses and residences look better than during Memorial Day weekend.

American flags line the streets. Red, white and blue flowers are planted. People are keeping their yards cut and business storefronts clean.

One can clearly see the pride that was put into the community’s appearance this past weekend.

But civic pride shouldn’t be reserved for special holidays. It should be observed year-round.

There are several beautification groups throughout Lawrence County that work to inspire residents to take pride in their neighborhoods, but they can’t do it alone.

While it is wonderful that the people of Ironton and Lawrence County showed off their best patriotic decorations and manicured lawns to welcome the crowds for the Memorial Day Parade, the other 364 days of the year could use a little TLC, too.

It is easy to let community pride fall by the wayside when there is downtime between holidays or events. But if everyone takes a little bit of time each week to make sure their homes and businesses sparkle, the overall result would be monumental. Each individual adds his or her own piece to the puzzle.

Lawrence Countians definitely have the pride and are capable of showing it. Let’s try to accomplish that every day of the year.